CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It's a frightening reality: these CCISD campus officers are practicing simulated scenarios for real-life active-shooter situations on a school campus.
"We've partnered up with the Nueces County Sheriff's Office. They've got some officers out here and will be out here all week," CCISD police officer Jose Olivares said. "We're going to do some cross training on active shooter awareness. God forbid something happens here in Corpus/Nueces County and we have to go in and eliminate a threat."
In this exercise, bullets are replaced by paint balls. These officers are using 9 mm pistols with a paintball simunition rounds to put officers in the heart of a shooting spree, physically practicing every possible scenario.
The officers' main focus is speed. There is no waiting for SWAT or backup. These officers have zero room for complacency."
"Our probable cause is that a guy with a gun is in a school shooting people, SERGEANT ANDRADE . , you eliminate the threat. There is no 'let me see your hands.' It's eliminate the threat.">
CCISD and Nueces county want parents and children to know that their campus' officers, and teachers, are all trained and know how to protect themselves.
the administrator will come knock on the door, hey I got the key, if a police officer comes, they will not open the door. (SHELBY: Why not?) Sergeant Andrade: Because you just never know if it's a bad guy who's acting like a police officer, just to get in and shoot some kids."
CCISD campus officers have been undergoing this training for the last nine years. in the beginning, they were trained to wait for backup. now, they are the campus' first responders.