Special Law Enforcement Training
Law Enforcement Training for Schools
To prepare law enforcement officials to respond to school violence, Attorney General Roy Cooper has made Rapid Deployment Training available through the NC Justice Academy
and the State Bureau of Investigation
to all law enforcement, including School Resource Officers (SROs).
Previously, law enforcement agencies relied on SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams to respond to deadly force. Traditional police training taught the officers first to arrive at a shooting incident to "surround and contain" until a SWAT team could get there. Tragedies like the school shooting in Columbine, Colorado showed that a new approach was needed.
Rapid Deployment teaches officers who are first to arrive to assemble a contact team of officers, enter the building, and find any active shooters. Next, a rescue team of officers is dispatched to go inside and assist anyone who may have been injured. During an emergency at a school, rapid deployment technique can save lives.
The Justice Academy and the SBI have conducted courses in Rapid Deployment across the state. Officers then carry the training back home and teach other officers.