Welsh police officers hold active shooter training excercise

WELSH — Welsh police officers took part in an active shooter training exercise Tuesday ahead of the start of the new school year.

Nearly two dozen officers participated in the training at Welsh high and elementary schools.

“We want to ensure the parents that they can be at ease because our officers are here and they are trained if something would happen,” Police Chief Marcus Crochet said.

The training helped officers to be better prepared and to respond quickly to an incident, he said.

During the training, members of Lake Charles police’s SWAT team instructed the officers to respond to the actual threat, tactics to use including proper movement and formation and how to clear a room.

“The main thing to remember is to get there as fast as you can and as loud as you can,” instructor Kevin O’Rourke of the SWAT team said. “Go there loud and fast. We want them to know we are coming.”

O’Rourke also instructed the officers to think outside the box for using weapons other than guns to enter a building. He said small crow bars, battle axes and other tools can be used as alternatives.

“You have to do your work and you have to get in the building,” he said, noting that stopping a shooter means acting quickly and not waiting for other help to arrive.

The training is a sign of the times, said Welsh officer Shawn Donahoe.

“It’s necessary for us because at any given time of the year something could happen, as we have already seen all over the country,” he said. “With a small town we will be one of the first here and we need to know the basic movements and training to go a lot faster.”

Officer Aaron Ardoin said the training enabled officers to become familiar with the school.

“Something as simple as knowing the layout can make all the difference,” Ardoin said.

School crossing guard Jerry Doucet said the training eased a lot of his concerns.

“As a school crossing guard, I am going to be one of the first to hear the shooting and screaming,” Doucet said. “I need to know what to do.”

Jeff Davis Parish School Board Child Welfare and Attendance and Transportation Supervisor Ben Oustalet said local schools are trained to be proactive in handling crisis situations and other emergencies.

“We are in a time when we have to have due diligence and make plans,” he said. “It’s a small percentage of a chance that we will have an active shooter situation happen here, but we want to make sure we are prepared and working within our crisis plans.”

He said the School Board has taken an active approach in trying to emphasize school safety and focusing on its crisis plans to ensure students and staff know what to do during emergencies.

Throughout the school year schools conduct drills for evacuations, lock downs and shelter-in-place, fires and weather-related emergencies, he said.

‘It’s a small … chance that we will have an active shooter situation happen here, but we want to make sure we are prepared and working within our crisis plans.’ 

Ben Oustalet

Jeff Davis Parish School Board

””

Welsh police officers Justin Olmsted and David Amrine participate in an active shooter training Tuesday at Welsh Elementary School. During the training, members of the Lake Charles police  SWAT team instructed the officers to respond to the actual threat, tactics to use and how to clear a room.

Doris MaricleJefferson Davis Parish Reporter
https://www.americanpress.com/content/tncms/avatars/2/0b/363/20b363ec-3a6d-11e7-be79-bf9dc8973cf5.4ddcfc90d57047524e082314ecc99992.png

Local News

Mayor gives two-year post-Hurricane Laura update

Local News

$3M more in FEMA money to be dedicated to Iowa, LaGrange high school repairs

Local News

Allen Parish a top district for one-year growth on LEAP test

Local News

OLQH students gather for long-standing tradition

life

Monica Smith’s teaching career began with Tiny Steps

Local News

Pro Watercross: National championships return to LC this weekend

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:What’s latest on our voting?

Crime

LaGrange student arrested for bringing gun to school

life

Mom’s school lunches look complicated, but they’re not

Local News

Entergy customers will pay $3.2 billion to reimburse company for repair costs

Local News

United Way to open Entergy Utility Assistance Program Wednesday

Local News

Low potential for tropical cyclone development in southwest Gulf

Crime

8/16: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Local News

Elton water services to be shut off at 4 p.m. today

Crime

Sheriff: Teenager shot during Kinder back-to-school party

Crime

8/15: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list

Crime

LC man charged in Saturday shooting

Local News

Feds oppose unsealing affidavit for Mar-a-Lago warrant

Crime

BREAKING: Mother charged with murder after 6-month-old left in car five hours

Local News

LAPAW in dire need of fosters, donations

Local News

Voting machine debate: Conspiracies question integrity of elections

Local News

Heart for volunteerism at core of Care Help for 40 years

Local News

Impairment, speed suspected in fatal crash

Crime

8/14: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff announces arrest list