While it has not happened in Newberry County, officers are working to make sure they can handle the situation.
All week officers from across the county have worked together to train for a shooting incident.
While the exercise were at Newberry Elementary School, Newberry County Sheriff Lee Foster says that the incident could be a any school, business or public place.
The agencies have trained together for the past five years and this year did the training on a downscale due to budget cuts.
Foster says the training cost less than $500 and officers did it during regular duty to cut down on overtime.
One of the keys to the training, said Foster, is for the officers to learn to work together and community.
In today’s world the officers on duty would want to respond quickly to a situation to prevent innocent people and themselves from being hurt. This means that an effort would require officers from the different departments to work together.
In years past, situations were sat on until a SWAT team could arrive.
Also the officers are trained to identify multiple threats.
In addition to this training officers also train with a simulator provided a part of a pilot grant. But the simulator keeps the officer stationary while there is movement on a screen but the real life situation the officers were moving through the school where they had to react to stairs, windows, rooms with desk and other items, hallways and even reporters.