Staying alert after an outbreak of violence against local
police officers isn’t an option—it’s a matter of life and death.
Officers in rural parishes are teaming with the pros at ULM police to train in a
2-day advanced active shooter tactics class, to prepare them for the worst in
“We train monthly to stay sharp. It’s called muscle memory
and it’s developed from repetition. The more you do something, the more
confident you are,” said Lt. Dan Chason, with ULM police. “We have to get everyone on the
same sheet of music, so when we do get to respond to a tragic incident with
someone who’s disturbed, we need to communicate to know what other agencies are
This weekend, Rayville police Sgt. Thomas Alexander was
killed in the line of duty responding to a burglary call; days later, a 12-year
veteran with the Ruston Police Department was shot several times by a shooter
who’s still on the loose.
police run these free training classes every month, to sharpen their skills for
patrol officers in case of shootings, bombings, and any dangerous worst-case situation.
“We had a 2-day class. We’ve had probation and parole, Union
Parish, Farmerville, Epps. ULM
police,” said Lt. Chason. “As you can see from the group of people we have, it
takes a large number of people to put this on. We volunteer to offer this. We
share training so Union Parish has the opportunity to have the same training as
large metro areas.”
The halls of FarmervilleHigh School were filled
with police officers, practicing their tactics against officers posing as bad
guys. The point of the drill is to enact a disaster scene, and put the lessons
they learn in the classroom into play.
“The point of this exercise is to teach all officers the
same tactics for dealing with active shooter situations regardless of where
they are,” said Deputy Bruce Spillers, with Union Parish.
ULM police say the same
tactics they’re putting into practice in Farmerville were used to successfully
lockdown WestOuachitaHigh School
and arrest a teenager for the murder of his own parents last week.