Donations needed at red kettles in Fannin County
Posted: 7:30 AM - BONHAM,TX---Red kettle donations across Texoma could have a big impact on the Salvation Army in Fannin County.
DURANT, OK -- Deadly shootings like the Colorado theater massacre and the Sandy Hook school shooting have spurred law enforcement across the country and here at home to evaluate their readiness for any possible encounters with an active shooter.
The Durant Police Department is hosting the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response or "ALERRT" class. It is a 16-hour course that includes both classroom and scenario based training. Tuesday we were allowed to see only some of the tactics used.
ALERRT is teaching Texoma officers how to handle a weapon, communicate and make tough decisions during the event of an active shooting.
"In this society we live in now we have active shooter situations not only in schools but in workplaces," Captain Woodruff said.
Captain Mike Woodruff with the Durant Police Department says foot movement and gun control are key when trying to stop a shooter.
"When you arrive tactics, time is critical. So once you arrive everybody knows what the other person is going to do so you can cut down that time to react," Capt. Woodruff said.
"This is the first experience for me with this type of training," Chief Gene Dodson said.
After recent mass shootings Atoka Police Chief Gene Dodson wants to be better prepared.
"There is an increased need for it and I'm afraid it's when if not if," Dodson said.
Lt. Scott Hampton with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol says these skills are important for every officer and first responder to learn.
"We had the Silo school lock down a couple weeks ago, and at the first start of any of those types of situations we treat them as worse case scenario then scale that back as needed," Lt. Hampton said.
"Every second matters so the more trained they are the better they can respond to those situations and the more swiftly they can deal with the problems," Lt. Hampton said.
ALERRT is coordinated through "CLEET"
During part of this training officers will practice at an vacant S-O-S-U dorm.
Captain Woodruff says they will be holding an active shooter training course for telecommunicators next month.
Posted: 12/02/2013 - DURANT, Okla., Dec. 2, 2013 – Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla., a AAA Four Diamond resort and entertainment destination, is welcoming Captain Sig and Edgar Hansen from the Deadliest Catch on Friday, Dec. 6 from 7-10 p.m. at Gilley’s. The event is free to the public.
Posted: 12/02/2013 - Four local people recently completed at least 34 hours of training and 2 hours of courtroom observation in order to become volunteer advocates for children in foster care. The Honorable Judge Lauri Blake administered an oath to the new CASA volunteers in the 336th District Court after training was complete. New child advocates include Priti KC, Mary Norris, Dave Gehalo and Chantal Carey.