RICHLAND, Wash. - Benton County deputies along with officers from Prosser and the Tri-Cities are now more ready to respond to an active shooter situation.
On Tuesday they practiced techniques for any incident where somebody is causing a distraction, whether it is at a school, a movie theatre, or any public place. Organizers tell us their training covered a lot of areas.
"How to clear the building, find the bad guys that are in there, evacuate the wounded, take care of them so we can save lives and to protect the ones who haven't been injured yet. Get them out and arrest the bad guys and take care of them," said Benton County Training Coordinator, David Hughes.
This type of training occurs at least once a year and the goal is to involve as many local agencies as possible to get everybody prepared.
Young volunteers were included in the simulation. They posed as victims to make the training as realistic as possible.