Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Hosts Vital Active Shooter Training

Published 12:31 pm Monday, February 26, 2024

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FRANKLINTON, La. – In a proactive measure to enhance community safety, the Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office (WPSO) led a comprehensive active shooter training session. The extensive two-day program, developed in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies including the Bogalusa Police Department, Franklinton Police Department, Varnado Police Department, and Rayburn Correctional Center, aimed to prepare first responders for scenarios that are unimaginably distressing for any parent.

Sheriff Randy “Country” Seal underscored the importance of the training, stating, “This kind of training is crucial to ensure that all agencies are prepared to respond to high-risk incidents. Training for events such as this can help first responders prepare to play essential roles in mitigating the impacts of violent acts. Protecting all members of our community, particularly our children, is our top priority.”

The program focused on equipping deputies and police officers with the necessary skills to respond effectively to potential threats, demonstrating the WPSO’s commitment to the safety and well-being of all parish residents.

“We stand united, ready to protect and serve, ensuring a safer tomorrow for everyone in our parish,” Sheriff Seal added, emphasizing the collective resolve to ensure public safety.

The initiative reflects a significant step forward in readying local law enforcement to handle emergency situations, with a particular focus on safeguarding the most vulnerable members of the community.

About Timothy Holdiness

Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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