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      Active shooter training prepares officers for worst-case scenario

      I t's every parent's worst nightmare , a school shooting . Friday, local authorities learned skills to help keep our kids safe in the event of a situation.

      P olice from all over Emmet County participated in active shooter training at Lincoln Elementary School in Petoskey.

      W hen an active shooter strikes , police have very little time to react.

      "O ur first goal is obviously to stop the body count from stacking up ," Larry Donovan, Petoskey Police Officer said.

      T hat's why training like this is essential.

      "B ad guys are always thinking of new ideas after each event," Donovan said. "They follow the news, they think of new ways to hurt people sadly enough."

      P olice learn to navigate school hallways, enter and search rooms, and locate a potential shooter.

      "W e are teaching one or two man officer employments to rapidly interven e situation s, often times we don't have three or four officer s in one location very quickly ," Donovan said.

      S ince the law enforcement resources here in northern Michigan are limited, each department relies heavily on mutual aid.

      T hat's why its important to bring the departments together for the same training.

      "I 'm going to know that the person that is going to back me up has been through the same training that I have and that we are going to be on the same page," Dan Branson, Harbor Springs Police Chief explained.

      A ctive shooter training was created in response to the Columbine School shooting in 1999, which took the lives of 12 students.

      S ince then, local authorities have made this an annual practice.

      "E ach year we try to bring our training up-to-date on what's going on in the industry and what's going on in the country ," John Calabrese, Petoskey Public Safety Director said.

      There were no students or staff inside the school during the training.