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Valley Law Enforcement Participate in Active Shooter Training

2 years 3 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, April 21 2018 Apr 21, 2018 April 21, 2018 6:16 PM April 21, 2018 in News

HIDALGO – Several Rio Grande Valley law enforcement agencies participated in an active shooter training Saturday morning at a Hidalgo high school.

The drill was set up in a way to make it seem like a regular school day with actual students.

During the drill, two people acted as shooters, with several students selected to fake injuries.

Law enforcement then arrived on scene to help the wounded and track down the gunmen.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS was right with them as they cleared hallways and classrooms.

Hidalgo Police Chief Rudy Espinoza said training like this is important.

"Expect the unexpected because anything and everything is possible," said Espinoza. "We need to learn from other areas and what's happened in other areas and be able to cope with whatever comes. It's like I told them, be ready, stay alert, but think outside the box, that's very important."

The Department of Public Safety and Border Patrol also took part in the drill.

With recent shootings across the country, Hidalgo Independent School District Superintendent Xavier Salinas said drills like this are necessary.

"We're lucky that no one in South Texas has been in this situation, but we want this exercise to train our principals and students to be ready if in case it ever does happen," Salinas said.

Both law enforcement and school faculty will be evaluated on their performance.

Salinas said they plan to hold drills like these at least once a year.

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