LEE COUNTY, AL (WTVM) - Deputies from the Lee County Sheriff's took over Beauregard Elementary School this week to complete ALERRT training.
"It is geared specifically toward preparing first responders to engage and neutralize, as quickly possible, any active shooter type threat at any location," explains Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.
ALERRT is an acronym for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training and it is the first year this method has been required by the state.
Alabama has set a goal of having all state certified law enforcement personnel trained to the ALERRT method which has emerged as the national standard for active shooter response.
"We are training to meet the threat and we're prepared to meet that and we will if and when the time comes," says Corporal Dan Scivicque of the Lee County Sheriff's Department.
70 Lee County Sheriff deputies have completed the 16 hour course.
During the training they used weapons and ammunition called "simunitions," or plastic bullets, allowing each deputy to use a duty weapon that is the exact same size and weight.
"It will extend a projectile down rage when they fire, of course not it's not a live round, but it makes it more of a real scenario. It gets their heart beating and it gets them thinking."
"We take this type of training very seriously," explains Scivicque, "We realize this is an incident that can occur in Lee County, even though it hasn't, but we are training for that contingency so we are the best prepared we can be."