If you hear sirens and shots fired at Honey Creek Elementary next week, don't be alarmed. Deputies and officers from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department will be participating in training focused on responding to an active school shooting held at HCE.
The training, which will take place from Monday, July 14 through Wednesday, July 16 in partnership with Rockdale County Public Schools, will consist of both sit-down lessons and practical exercises for officers and deputies. The sit-down lessons portion will give an overview of mass shootings, cover case studies of historical school shootings and teach the current trends in responding to an active school shooting. Following this classroom portion, deputies and officers will participate in several practical exercises focused on tactical drills inside the hallways and classrooms of Honey Creek Elementary to simulate various active shooter scenarios.
"This training is a continued effort between local law enforcement and Rockdale County Public Schools to focus on keeping Rockdale County students and teachers safe in the event of a school shooting," said Sheriff Eric J. Levett. "While we hope that we never have to utilize it, we will continue to provide our deputies with the knowledge and tactical skills necessary to respond to such an event. I want to thank the school system for once again allowing us to use a school to conduct the tactical portion of the training."
Over 100 deputies and officers from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and Conyers Police Department are expected to participate in the training. Participants will come from various assignments and units within both agencies since all personnel would respond to an active school shooting.