Jackson County Special Response Team holds training simulation

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JACKSON, MI (WLNS) – Jackson County’s Special Response Team went through a training simulation today at Jackson High School, while students are on their mid-winter break.

When high-risk situations happen at schools, city police are called in. But if situations — like shootings and bomb threats — last longer than expected, special response officers are sent over to help.

From Sandy Hook to Glendale, Arizona – shootings, and other emergency situations at schools, are becoming all too common.

And police departments everywhere are taking precautions.

That’s why the Jackson County Special Response team was at Jackson High School today — to make sure that students and faculty are safe.

Officers are conducting mock stealth searches.

“We move very slow, very quiet,” said Sergeant John Lillie of the Jackson Police Department.

Going room-to-room — in case they have to clear the building.

“What we’re trying to do is familiarize ourselves with the school,” said Lillie, who is a member of the Jackson County Special Response Team.

Lillie says knowing a location’s layout ahead of time leads to faster action.

“The quicker we can respond, the quicker we can clear the school and eliminate as many threats as we can – so students and teachers can go home safe,” Lillie said.

And Jeff Beal, Superintendent of Jackson Public Schools, says safety is key.

“We live in a day and age where we want to be safe and secure and we want to be able to put in place the procedures to help us secure and provide for those needs of our children,” Beal said.

To protect those children, Beal says trainings like the one today will continue in the future.

And Lillie says he’s happy to help.

“It’s why I wanted to become a police officer in the first place, so, you want to try and make a difference,” Lillie said.

Making a difference — by saving lives.

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