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Active Assailant Command Training at Memorial Elementary School…Designed To Keep Our Students Safe


The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. According to other research, 69.8% of active shooter incidents ended in 5 minutes or less.

This week members of the Arcadia Police Department, DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, and Public Safety – DeSoto County, FL took part in Active Assailant Command Training at Memorial Elementary School. Our law enforcement personnel worked through scenarios that were meant to be as realistic as possible by our instructors from Cadre Consulting Group LLC. During these scenarios, time was of the essence as the “shooter” fired multiple blank rounds towards responding units, while leaving victims (actors) with multiple injuries in classrooms and throughout the campus. Responding units trained to stop the threat, and to quickly aid the injured while providing security for arriving paramedics. 

“We train to prepare for these types of incidents if it should ever happen in our community. I watched my Officers as well as all that participated, and I am confident that they will revert back to this very training do what is necessary to protect our schools and community. Our children of the community are a priority, and this is why these types of training are key to being a public servant. I’d like to thank Chris Hickox and his team of instructors for sharing their wealth of knowledge and training with our Officers and Deputies.” – Marshal Quinn Jones