Before classes resume, law enforcement agencies throughout South Carolina’s Georgetown County participated in active shooter training exercises at the school.
“The concept today is just basically where there’s different agencies working together to how to stop an active shooter threat in a timely matter,” Sgt. Gary Todd of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, told CarolinaLive.com.
Taking part in the training were the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, the Georgetown Police Department, the Horry County Police Department and the Pawleys Island Police Department.
Alan Walters, director of safety and risk management for Georgetown County schools, told TheState.com that the training was a part of the district’s efforts to “beef up security in the school,” which included $1 million in improvements over the summer.
The money was spent on surveillance camera upgrades and changes to some school entrances, including Waccamaw High School. Visitors entering Waccamaw High this year will be guided into the front office by a partition in the main entrance. All other doors will be locked. Once in the office, visitors will be asked to present their driver’s license, which will be scanned and checked against the national sex offender registry.
Todd told CarolinaLive.com that response time is critical during active shooter situations.
“Usually it’s about three minutes to start to finish with an active shooter and today’s goal is to get them better educated as far as how to immediately stop the threat and save as many victims as possible,” he said.