Sheriff’s Office holds active shooter training for SRO’s

CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — It’s no Spring Break for the officers who work in New Hanover County Schools. The New Hanover Sheriff’s Office and FBI held active shooter training for School Resource Officers today at Holly Shelter Middle School.

Sargent Jeffrey Rohena with the Sheriff’s Office took part in the training and said it was incredibly close to a live situation.

“You can’t get, in my opinion, any better than this, and if it does, it has to be with real bullets and I would not want to be in that situation,” said Rohena.

Rohena said he thinks this training should take place every year and be a part of all officers training. Officers broke up into teams and spread out throughout the school. They had a chance to play both suspect and law enforcement.

“Teamwork is very important in a practical exercise like this, as well as when you take it to the street. Because how you train is how you’re going to react,” said Rohena.

Seeing how each scenario played out helped the SRO’s think ahead to how similar situations could play out in the future.

“Knowing that this could potentially be something that we could be facing … It’s mostly the time when you hear ‘not in your community’ … It could happen here anytime,” said Rohena.

After today Rohena says he is confident the team can handle an emergency.

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