Officers use school bus for training

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, March 16, 2019
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GOING IN – Officers in the Big Sandy Special Response Team train on a Bridgeport ISD school bus Thursday. Since school was out for spring break, the officers from Decatur and Bridgeport were able to use the bus for their monthly training. Submitted photo

While students across Wise County were off on spring break, officers from the Bridgeport and Decatur Police Departments worked on tactics to keep them safe.

On Thursday, the Big Sandy Special Response Team (SRT) conducted active attacker training on a school bus at Bridgeport ISD, putting good use to the school buses which had remained parked this week.

“This week, being that school was out, we wanted to utilize the opportunity to do some training on the bus,” Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Stanford said. “Obviously we hope that a situation like that never happens. We want to be prepared and have familiarity working on a bus or in tight quarters.”

The officers trained on methods to handle a scenario where an attacker was in a confined area like a bus. They also worked on tactical approaches for varying situations, ranging from hostage scenarios, active shooters to a assailant hiding out in the bus.

Stanford said the Big Sandy SRT is required to do monthly training for real-world scenarios.

Last week the SRT assisted in executing a warrant and arresting three people on drug possession charges in Decatur.

This week, the SRT trained on a scenario Stanford said he hopes never happens, but will be prepared nonetheless.

“It’s one of those situations we hope never happens, but at least we’ve talked about it and done some training to prepare our guys for something like that,” Stanford said.

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