"Time is Lives": NPC Law Enforcement Trains for Active Shooters


Active shooter training is part of being a police officer. But in Nez Perce County, law enforcement agenices are taking it one step further.

Over the last eight months, the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office has partnered with Idaho State Police and Nez Perce Tribal Police to review active shooter procedure for each school district in their jurisdiction. The program allows them to do walk-throughs of each school in a lockdown situation.

Each agency can familiarize themselves with the school's layout and protocol. They're also developing manuals for each school as they go.

So far they've done two active shooter drills, the first in the Lapwai School District, which took place just two days before the deadly shooting at Freeman High School.

Nez Perce County Sheriff's Corporal Nick Woods says the three agencies are working to become a unified force for student safety.

Corporal Woods says, "When you talk about active shooters, it's an emergent situation. Time is lives. And if you don't have the knowledge of the building, the procedures of what's going on, you're costing peoples' lives. Training like this really focuses on the actual schools that we will be dealing with and the challenges we face with them."

These drills are part of an already established sheriff's office presence in Nez Perce County schools. Corporal Woods says they have upcoming drills in the Peck and Culdesac school districts.

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