FREDERICK, Md. - Events that most people don't even like to imagine, the FBI team in
"My job here today is to learn how to respond to an active shooter, anywhere, whether it be a school or a shopping mall area," said Michelle McElwee, member of the FBI Baltimore team.
They're running the Active Shooters Program to prepare and prevent for public threats.
"This came about in light of the
Geared up and ready to go, they started the day in a vacant
They call the life-like training "Sims." They used "simunition", or simulation ammunition filled with soap that left paint marks when FBI students got hit.
Although, no live weapons were used during training, the FBI field officers focused on scenarios where there was a bad guy and victims.
"To have an environment that we're not familiar with is also great, with the elementary school, because there are lots of rooms you can use and you can vary up the scenarios," said McElwee.
Michael Doerrer, the Frederick County Public Schools Director of Communication attended the training simulations Tuesday.
"Frederick County Public Schools works hard to maintain close and cooperative relationships with all of our law enforcement partners," said Doerrer. "Those relationships are critical when we’re thinking about how to keep our schools as safe as possible."
And safety is the primary objective for the FBI as well. Special Agent Copeland said, "To learn how to absolutely and essentially stop the killing of innocents" is the ultimate goal.
The FBI is working around the country to create and implement safety procedures with local authorities. The FBI held two day active shooter conferences in both