NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s a unique training situation using real audio to simulate a school shooting. The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is incorporating the sounds from a recent school shooting to help train their school resource officers.
The SROs heard the screams from the school shooting in Parkland, Florida to take their training to another level.
“We really wanted it to set in with the school resource officers and the main objective was are you going to go towards the threat,” New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.
It’s a full on immersion program. School resource officers are put into a school shooting scenario and they have to listen to screams while making their way through the course and receiving orders. Sheriff Ed McMahon says a program like this puts their SROs to the test.
“They have to be able to switch to that warrior mindset. We have to know that if something, the unimaginable happens, we have to know that they are going to go to the threat and eliminate the threat without any hesitation,” McMahon said.
Afterward, they review the SROs performance.
“It’s a sobering thought and just something that I felt like was very necessary for us to prepare for,” McMahon said.
The program rolled out but the Sheriff’s Office had already seen positive results.
“Everyone one of the SROs did it and I’m just very proud of how they handled the training,” McMahon said.
The sheriff’s office says they are trying to set the standard with this training while honing their abilities.