FBI offers Crisis Response Training in Starkville

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Updated: 7/17/2013 7:42 pm
STARKVILLE,Miss(WTVA)--The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown is what the FBI calls  an "active- shooter incident."

Today, in a room at Mississippi State University, law enforcement, emergency responders and others have gathered to hear what the FBI has to say about responding to such incidents.

They stare intently knowing that what they are learning is information they could be called upon to use at any moment.

"We're discussing best practices, plans, and policies, trying to determine what our common resources are what resources are needed.  So that we are in a better position to plan and respond to these events," said Jackson FBI Spokesman Jeff Franks.

He says that some of those best practices are using what is offered by the federal government like tactical teams, bomb disposal units, and evidence collection teams.

That's the type of evidence he says that local officials would need in handling the active shooter incident.

"We're learning from the Sandy Hook incident, and we're learning how other agencies would handle that situation. They're learning how we would handle it and we're learning to be more proactive and understanding of one another's language," said Starkville Fire Chief Rodger Mann.

"Well, it just reinforces everything we've already trained on as far as school safety.  Being prepared in case of an active-shooter situation.  So, we're just learning more about what's involved with that the before, during, and after," said Starkville School District School Resource Officer Sammy Shumaker.

The FBI says it is going throughout the state hosting these same types of meetings with law enforcement officials saying that in the unlikely event that there is a shooting such as what happened at Sandy Hook, the agencies will be able to come together more effectively.

"Its a common approach because all of these types of departments will all respond together.  So, we need to get into one room together and discuss these issues," replied FBI agent Franks.

There will be another such two-day conference in Biloxi next week.

Franks says that since the year 2000, the FBI has responded to more than 80 active-shooter type events.
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