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Shelby County deputies take part in active shooter training at Valley Intermediate School

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Officers with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department Tactical Response Unit conducted active shooter training exercises yesterday as part of the school district's Safe Schools Initiative.

Two training scenarios took place: One involved a gunman entering the school, another involved a man holding hostages.

The scenarios depicted what the tactical units would be doing on the scene of their schools during a real-life crisis situation.  School teachers, administrators and personnel were present to take part in the training.

The training exercise consisted of five points: collaboration with local law enforcement, safety reviews of school building architecture, local school safety and security teams; local school safety plan assessments, and safety drills and training.

"The training exercise is just one of several we hope to coordinate with local law enforcement," said Dr. Lewis Brooks, assistant superintendent of administration and pupil services.

Shelby County officers also showed the school personnel where the hostage-negotiation area would be during a real-life situation.

"Creating safe learning environments is and will continue to be a top priority for our school district," stated Brooks.

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