|(Seguin) -- Guadalupe County is doing its part to obtain every tool that’s available against the threat of an active shooter. Harvey Faulkner, Guadalupe County Constable Pct. 4, recently initiated and hosted a few days of training to ensure that the county is well prepared should it ever be faced with such an incident.|
"We brought in Homeland Security. It was an active shooter instructor course. We actually had people from around the state. We had someone from the Fort Worth area, had the arson investigator. We had somebody from Harligen PD. We had San Antonio Police Department, we also had a Selma Police Officer attending it. It was teaching people how to instruct the class on entering buildings if you have a shooter, (a) shooter situation in a building, school, whatever. This is the first one I know of in this area. They also have a class where it is a class to teach people how to enter buildings and stuff, but it's not the instructor's class. It started out Jan. the 8th (and) went through the 12th. The school part of it was in the courthouse and it was at Saegert Middle School. It was the active training part of it," said Faulkner.
Among those also obtaining the training was Eric Williams, Faulkner's deputy constable. Williams says he commends Faulkner for remaining proactive in preparing for such incidents -- incidents that continue to make headlines across the country. He says every detail in what to do is vital in helping to save lives.
"What's going on is there is a traditional method to handling those types of events and there is a non-traditional method of handling these events. What's taken place is over the years, we've learned in law enforcement that the traditional method no longer works. We have to go non-traditional to get resources into the scene immediately. Traditional method has an officer arriving at a scene and setting up a post perimeter and waiting for specialized units to arrive. By that time, civilians have died or are being threatened. So what we wanted to do was be able to insert training into our officers so they can expedite that situation via non-traditional methods and go in and immediately handle an incident and not have people hurt or killed," said Williams.
Williams says thanks to this training, the Pct. 4 constable office, feels confident that it can be of service should the need arise here in Guadalupe County.
"We've got actually three officers that are in our department that are trained and can go in and immediately solidify a situation. I think for this community, that's a positive because again, you don't want to use that traditional method any longer, because lives can be lost. So we have people on staff who have the initiative to go in and handle a situation should an emergency arise," said Williams.
Area law enforcement employees, who played a role in active shooter scenarios during the training, were also recognized for their contributions during Tuesday's meeting of the Guadalupe County Commissioners Court. Both Faulkner and Williams were on hand during that meeting to share details behind their efforts to keep the county safe.