The Hockley County Sheriff’s Office teamed up with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday to bring “ALERRT” (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) training to area school district employees and law enforcement.
Hockley County Sheriff Ray Scifres said the training is an active shooter training for first responders and school district employees. The training was conducted on an LISD campus Thursday. The training involved live role play and training which will help to get one’s adrenaline up and helps them to know how their body will respond in a situation such as an active shooter on a campus.
Sheriff Scifres said the training had employees from Levelland, Anton, Ropes and other area school districts participating. He stressed the training is extremely safe and no live weapon or ammunition is allowed inside the training. The weapons used in the training shoot a “soap round” which is similar to a paint ball, he noted it will sting and if you make a mistake you “will feel it.” He stressed, however, it is much better to have a mistake in training than to have a mistake in a real situation.
The training helps to prepare those participating for a active shooter event if one was to occur locally.