Recently the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office hosted training for area law enforcement to receive education and practical exercises on how to alleviate the threat of an active shooter.Unfortunately, these type incidents are increasing in number across the United States, and many agencies do not have their own SWAT teams. These training tactics are vital for saving time and lives. Instructors from Houston County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama Marine Police, and Montgomery and Slocumb Police Departments travel the state to provide training for various law enforcement agencies.
Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Bo Jolly, local coordinator, stated this training is funded by the Department of Homeland Security, and the goal is to train every officer in the state. Officers from the Cherokee and Etowah County Sheriff’s Offices, Centre, Leesburg, and Fort Payne Police Departments, Alabama Marine Police, and Alabama Probation Office participated.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s office would like to thank the Board of Education and County Commission for the use of the former middle school and the multi-purpose room to host the training. Sheriff Jeff Shaver stated that this training was a great opportunity for all local law enforcement agencies to work together as a team on tactical skills that are needed to perform their duty to serve and protect our citizens.