Active shooter training session held in Chipley

CHIPLEY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement held an active shooter training session Tuesday at Roulhac Middle school in Chipley.

This image shows an FDLE officer at the active shooter training in Chipley Tuesday. (WJHG/WECP)

Deputies and officers from area counties came together to participate in the highly realistic training session. Experienced instructors from FDLE helped each trainee through the course individually.

Volunteers from the local Law Enforcement and Corrections Academy acted as distressed students while recordings from real school shootings were played. The intent was to create the realistic sensory overload that officers encounter during an active shooting.

Eric Yopp, Deputy Director of Florida Department of Law Enforcement of Criminal Justice Standards, said, "We can't wait anymore for a SWAT team to arrive or anything like that, you know, time is lives, and then that's been showing it time and time again, so this is giving the men and women, the officers, the information and the tactics to enter that building by themselves in case of an active shooter."

FDLE is traveling throughout Florida holding training sessions in hopes of providing training for the entire state.

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