AR-15s in safe at high school to stop shooting threat, police ch - KMOV.com

AR-15s in safe at high school to stop shooting threat, police chief says

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St. Ann Police Chief at Ritenour High School. Credit: KMOV St. Ann Police Chief at Ritenour High School. Credit: KMOV
ST. ANN, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A local police chief says his department goes through extensive training four times a year working with various weapons and different scenarios to prepare for a school shooting.

St. Ann Police Chief Aaron Jimenez says although his department has a special response team or SWAT in an active shooter situation, time is critical.

On every shift, there is a member of the “Special Response Team” who have had additional training in weapons and tactics. The officers know the floor plans of the buildings and access points. They have a key card to get in.

He added that there are AR-15s in a safe at Ritenour High School.

“Having those AR-15’s there to stop any threat is ten times better than any handgun,” Jimenez said.

Jimenez is also an advocate for school resource officers.

“Officer presence in number one, it keeps fights down and so on. If you know there’s a police officer there, it’s such a huge deterrent,” Jimenez.

At DePaul hospital, Lauren Alberts teaches “stop the bleed” classes. The idea is that when seconds count in a mass casualty event before first responders arrive, those nearby who are able should know how to stop the bleeding.

“I’d love to get out to school, churches, businesses, anywhere that wants this info. I think more people we can get this information into the hands of, trained education, the more lives will be impacted,” said Alberts.

For more information on the class, click here.

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