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Aug 18, 2014 4:41 PM by Janine Reyes

CCISD Police Gear Up for School with Active Shooter Training

CORPUS CHRISTI -- As you and your children gear up for the new school year, Corpus Christi Independent School District police are doing the same. They spent today practicing their response to a scenario that no parent wants to imagine.

Gunshots on campus are sights and sounds that no one wants to experience in a classroom, but, these days it's reality.

"Its a real fact of life that we have to be prepared for and prepare ourselves for," CCISD Police Chief Kirby Warnke said.

With school starting in a week, it's a fact of life the districts 37 officers are gearing up for.

In order for them to be ready, it has to be as realistic as possible. That's exactly why they practice on campus.

"This is where it will happen, so, its best for us to get the idea here," Sargent David Ramos said as the group went through scenarios at Lamar Elementary School.

As officers fired shots at each other, sparks flew from their guns, and that helps add to the reality.

"These are simunition rounds," Ramos explained, "what it actually is, is it's a bullet cartridge with a small amount of gun powder."

The tips of the bullets are filled with colored soap

"Once the bullet hits you the plastic will bust open and leave a red or blue mark on you," said Ramos.

It may also leave a bruise, but the mark, helps identify where the officer took a hit.

"Once the firefight begins, these officers have to know that they have to learn how to engage from different angles from the room," said Ramos.

The hope is that it never becomes reality, but, if it does, it's CCISD's officers who are on campus daily and it's those officers who respond first.

"Certainly in our secondary campuses, first responder is going to be CCISD police," Warnke said.

"If it does get to that point, I think we're prepared for that," Ramos said.

The district has a force of 37 officers, four of them are new, so, Chief Warnke says there is a lot of learning going on. Training continues on campus tomorrow.

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