SWAT Team Practices School Safety at Twin Springs Elementary

Pittsylvania Co., VA-- Dozens of law enforcement officers were at an elementary school in Pittsylvania County Saturday morning, but, don't worry, they weren't responding to a crime.

The Danville and Pittsylvania County SWAT teams were at Twin Springs Elementary School for training.

The SWAT teams were dressed in full gear practicing what they would do if there was an intruder in the school. In light of the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, the Sheriff's Office said practice drills like these are more important now than ever.

This SWAT team training was pretty much the real deal. Although there were no students or staff at the school, the team had their dogs, guns and full protective gear practicing two different scenarios.

"We had one that was an active shooter, we had one that there was a stranger in the building, and so we practiced about three different times," Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff Michael Taylor said.

Pittsylvania County Schools Superintendent James McDaniel says practice drills like these are the best way to prepare for the worst.

"We have been charged with the responsibility of protecting the publics students, our students their children our staff, we need to make sure we're doing everything possible to provide for a safe environment, and that's one of the things we're working on," McDaniel said.

"We want to ensure the public that in the event that something should happen like this, an active shooter in the school, that we have the resources to respond," Taylor said.

It was a great way for the teams to see what areas they need to improve upon.

"We learned that we need to be better on our communication piece and how we can talk with the other agencies, and we'll be working through those details in the next few weeks," Taylor said. "We also learned that the evacuation of the students and the teachers, there needs to be some work done in that arena. There were a lot things that were pointed out, there were a lot of things I think we did well, but there's always room for improvement."