Crime & Public Safety

Bluffton PD takes over middle school for active shooter training

Bluffton police and other area officers will take over Bluffton Middle School beginning at 3 p.m. today to practice tactics for responding to an active shooter.

Using simulation bullets and wearing protective gear, the officers will work alone and in teams to isolate, distract and neutralize an active shooter, defined as an individual who is unpredictable and killing at random in a confined or populated area.

The exercise is called Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training and will be led by instructors from the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and the Bluffton Police Department.

The exercise will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 25 at H.E. McCracken Middle School.

For the first hour, instructors and other representatives will be taking questions from the media.

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