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Local Officers Work to Prevent a Repeat of Sandy Hook Massacre
PREBLE COUNTY -- The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in December of 2012 took the life of 20 students and 6 educators. Now Connecticut's State Lt. Paul Vance came to National Trail School in Preble County to help make sure Sandy Hook doesn't happen in Ohio.
"It's something that no one should ever have to experience," said Vance. "Something that broke everyone's heart and to this day something we will never forget."
It is one of the biggest school violence training sessions ever held in the Miami Valley.
"It's after an active shooter we are searching the building for IED's left behind," said James Pennington of the Dayton Airport Police Department.
His TSA trained explosive detection dog named Qixing has the first nose in the search.
"According to my dog there were explosives in that locker and I always trust my dog," said Pennington. "He did it basically by himself."
A couple dozen agencies worked through several different scenarios of school violence. In another scenario there has just been an active shooting and the SWAT team had to find any unidentified victims.
"We are going to let the dog check first," said Tim Davis of Richmond SWAT.
After looking through several doors they found their guy.
"Got a man down behind the desk behind the desk show me your arms," yelled Davis. "We utilize the dog to check the room of anyone we come in contact with. They will alert by barking. Once they bark it's up to us to gain entry into the room, make sure it's safe and then secure that individual whether they are a friend or a foe."
Each police agency has done their own active shooter training but none as advanced as this. We had several agencies from each county in the Miami Valley as well as Richmond Indiana. There was even a visit from the Connecticut State police Lieut.
"That morning the shooter killed his mother, got in his car and drove to the school entered into this driveway," said Vance.
He says today's lessons were for both educators and police.
"As law enforcement every time we experience a tragedy for an incident we learn from one another," said Vance. "It's important to share the lessons learned in Connecticut with our fellow law enforcement officers here in your state to afford us the opportunity to take what worked for them to enhance their preparedness."
"We want to make sure we keep this fresh in everybody's mind," said Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson. "How do we work together? How do we know each other? Then from Connecticut State police, how do you deal with this once the emergency is over?"
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