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Law enforcement trains in active shooter drill

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On Tuesday afternoon, law enforcement trained for an active shooter in a school. It's a situation they never want to deal with but they say being prepared for it only gives them an advantage.

"Keeping the children safe is the paramount concern," said Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser.

Kaiser said it's an unfortunate reality.

School shootings happen and the chaos and tragedy that come with them is something officers must train for.

The scenario played out in Ogemaw Heights High School: a shooter in the school.

Michigan State Police used it as a refresher course for its troopers, and for some of the smaller rural departments near West Branch, a chance to give them a valuable tool in dealing with one if it happens to break out.

The main take-away for the officers at the training: the potential victims.

"When an officer enters one of these active shooter situations, you've got kids, you've got all sorts of children, maybe their own children attending that school, and you've got people in that school wanting to do them harm with all sorts of weapons," Kaiser said.

But law enforcement faces more challenges than just an active shooter. In rural communities, officers have to work against response times.

Officers may be up against entering the buildings by themselves.

Put bluntly by a training officer, each gun shot that officer hears could be a child's life lost.

And that's why training is key.

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