By BRAD KELLAR
More than 20 members of area law enforcement participated in a tactical training exercise from approximately 4 – 9 p.m., Monday, August 26, 2013 at the Hunt County Courthouse.
The training scenario was that of a barricaded hostage situation within the courthouse and required participating officers to adapt their procedures and responses to the particular location and evolving situation.
“We’ve got a tenured group of officers working in the department and they are very capable of handling any situation,” said Lieutenant William Cole, Patrol Division Commander. “The goal of tactical exercises like this is to provide them with situations that require them to adapt to different locations and peripherals to help them think on their feet and be aware that no two situations will be alike. The courthouse is just one of a variety of locations I would like to use for this type of training exercise.”
The individuals participating in the training exercise came primarily from the Greenville Police Department’s ERT Tactical and Crisis Intervention Unit. Other agencies participating included Greenville Police Department Special Operations, Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, McKinney Police Department, Hunt County District Attorney’s Office and Citizens on Patrol.
Judge Steve Tittle participated in the training, playing the role of the judge in the barricaded courtroom.
“It is important to remind ourselves of the threats our society faces and the preparation that law enforcement must make on a daily basis to counter those threats,” said Tittle. “I want to thank all of those who participated in the training exercise for the 196th District Court, especially the Critical Incident and Tactical Units of the Greenville Police Department. I also want to extend special thanks to Lt. Will Cole, Sgt. Dan Cooper and Officer James Hamilton for coordinating this event. I greatly appreciate your service and willingness to protect our community.”
Further training exercises of this nature are being planned in other locations.
“With the society we live in, situations like these are an ever-looming threat,” said Cole. “We want our officers to be prepared and to be able to respond effectively to any situation they might face.”