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Savannah Police participate in 'advanced active shooter training'
An officer during training
This week, a group of Savannah Police officers received training to educate other officers on how to handle an active shooter scenario.

“Our Training Unit has worked very hard this year to bring relevant and critical trainings to our department,” said Sgt. William Bailey, of the Training Unit.

“Now more than ever, it is very important for our department to stay up-to-date on the best practices when dealing with an active shooter situation. That’s why having this ‘Training the Trainer’ course was high on our priority list.”

The Savannah Police Department welcomed instructors from the LSU- National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter Terrorist Education (LSU-NCBRT/ACE) to the city to train not only SPD officers, but officers from the Chatham County Police Department, Board of Education, Georgia Ports Authority and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office.

This four-day course gave officers the tactical training needed to reduce threats when dealing with an active gunman.

"An active shooter can happen anytime, anywhere, so it was important for us to not only have the training, but to open it up to surrounding agencies. This collaborative effort makes for a more resilient community, and helps everyone have the necessary skills to respond to potentially devastating situations," said Assistant Chief Robert Gavin.

The training was funded by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.