Law enforcement tactics after California shooting
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Wednesday's mass shooting in California was the 355th tragedy so far in the U.S. this year.
The FBI released a briefing to agencies across the country after the shooting in southern California.
Law enforcement officials in North Central Florida use those details and scenarios to better improve theirs tactics to respond to a potential threat.
"We need to train better than the bad guy," Sergeant Brandon Kutner with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office says, "we need to be prepared more than the bad guy."
Kutner says it's critical in light of attacks, dating back to the Columbine shooting, that every single law enforcement officer is prepared.
"We don't know what we're going to encounter, we do want to make sure we're prepared to handle any situation."
ASO is one of a handful of agencies in the region that has both an armed bearcat and a rook - a tactical vehicle developed by ASO Deputy Jeremy Eckdahl.
"It's absolutely critical that law enforcement be able to utilize these tools in order to do the job we need to do."
Last year Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair purchased the department's first rook, he recalls one thing was on his mind.
"Safety..it will definitely keep those officers safe."
Sheriff Blair's SWAT team, which finished first in a international competition last month, trains regularly to ensure they're prepared.
"You never know when an event is going to take place. we try to be prepared the best we can...the equipment that we need."
ASO, MCSO along with other agencies across the region regularly meet...building upon each others' best practices.
"They run scenarios...what if's and that's how you learn. We do it with the Oaks Mall...we do it with the University of Florida football stadium."
An ongoing learning process crucial to keeping this community safe.
"The important part is that we have the funding to do these exercises and purchase this equipment so that when the real scenario comes about we are prepared," Kutner explains.
Last week, lawmakers broke ground on an expansion of Santa Fe's Kirkpatrick Center.
Kutner says the new facility will help better train and prepare future and current officers for the worst case scenario.
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