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Active shooter training is key for area police

Members of the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office emergency response team train with other local police agencies to respond to a mass shooting event. (Photo courtesy of the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office)

VALE – The televised images from the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, showed a flood of police officers responding, and that’s what Malheur County police agencies train to do if such an event ever unfolds locally.

Law enforcement agencies in Malheur County have engaged in active shooter training as part of their multifaceted efforts to prepare themselves for the grim threat of gun violence. 

Eriks Gabliks, director of the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, the agency that trains public safety police officers and staff, said that the department partners with law enforcement agencies across the state. 

“We . . .