|Published:||Dec 14, 2012 5:54 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 14, 2012 6:02 PM EST|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Fort Myers Police Department doesn't have a specific policy for dealing with school shootings because officers say every situation is different. But what they can do is train for the worst.
One sergeant who remembers the day a colleague was killed when a gunman opened fire.
"You just can't put that on paper. So we train for the worst and take it from there." Sergeant Roger Valdivia is in charge of the training division.
He can't give us specifics about training but says officers will use local schools to practice for a shooting situation when a school is on break. "We'll run them through the school, we'll typically use a reality based training. We use a weapons system that we can fire at the officer, the officer can fire back at the role player," he explained.
Sgt. Valdivia knows all too well the importance of training. He was there the day officer Andrew Widman was gunned down in 2008. Widman was killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call in downtown Fort Myers.
"It's very surreal. It's something that I wish no officer would ever have to go through," he said. "I'm proud of the guys that night. They didn't run away from the fight. They went to the fight. And I think that just reflects on what we do here for training."
We're told officers undergo special training on their own time every year to stay sharp.
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