Missoula Law Enforcement Practice Active Shooter Training in Potomac
On the heels of a brutal school massacre in Oregon, The Missoula County Sheriff’s Department, the Missoula Police Department, and the Missoula Campus Police all sent personnel up to Potomac on Friday, October 9, to practice how they would respond to an active shooter situation.
Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Brenda Bassett said the training was top-notch.
"The instructors for this training have actually been recognized nationally for this cutting edge training. They go through a lot of the shooting that have occurred across the nation in the past and they learn from that," Bassett said
The training was done by Safariland, and was done with a more rural area in mind. One of the aspects taken into consideration was the longer response time for authorities in a rural area. This training incorporated teachers and staff.
They used Potomic school as their training ground, so that if it happens in this school, they'll be able to use some of the techniques they learned in this building specifically," Bassett said.
UM event personnel, which provides security for Griz games and concerts was also at the training with UM Police.