Lynchburg Police React to Connecticut School Shooting
Lynchburg, VA - Amidst the sadness and confusion of the school shooting in Connecticut, locally, law enforcement officials say they are prepared for any situation that might mirror the one in Newtown.
Police say it's a scenario they hope to never have to encounter, but it's one that they must prepare for.
Lynchburg police work very closely with school officials to develop crisis plans. For instance, a scenario with a weapon in or around a school would lead to a lockdown of that building. Teachers are trained to handle the situation until police arrive.
When police are notified of an "active shooter," they respond with a tactical unit trained specifically for scenarios like the one we saw Friday in Connecticut.
"We're going to rely a lot of times pretty heavily on some of the school staff, personnel there to be all of them are trained as well in what to do in situations like this. So they're hopefully going to be following those protocols that they already have in place so that when the officers do respond, that they can focus primarily on the threat that's in the school," said Capt. Ryan Zuidema with the Lynchburg Police Department.
While the scenario in Connecticut took place in a school, police say they're trained to handle active shooter situations in any environment.