GORHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Gorham Police and Windham Police teamed up this school vacation week to prepare to handle a potential school shooting.
Officers got hands-on training at the White Rock Elementary School in Gorham, learning tactics that reviews of school and office shootings show could help save lives. They also got some help from teenaged volunteers, who played dead, or pretended to be trying to escape from the active shooter.
Cumberland County Detective Brian Ackerman said this kind of training is necessary in today's world. "God forbid that this happens. None of us want to do this. But we can't bury our heads in the sand to think that it won't happen. It's happened all across the us. We need to pre-plan. We need to be prepared," he said.
The Sheriff's Office said the students got tips on how to be safe during a shooting, but officers were careful around the kids not to talk about any of the tactics they use to stop a shooter.