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UNION COUNTY — Real life training for real life situations brought law enforcement personnel to Union County High School this past week to undergo “Active Shooter Training.”

In a statement announcing the training event, Union County Sheriff David Taylor said that, on Wednesday, deputies from his office and officers from the Union Public Safety Department participated in an Active Shooter Training held at UCHS. The training was provided by Taylor and presented by Palmetto Tactical Advantage, LLC.

Taylor said that Palmetto Tactical Advantage, LLC, is operated by retired SLED Capt. Bill Graham and retired SLED Maj. George Booth. He said that through their program, Graham and Booth share their decades of experience with those undergoing the training.

“Bill Graham and George Booth bring real life experience to the table from a combined 60 years in law enforcement,” Taylor said. “They have effectively managed the same types of situations that you want your personnel to handle.”

Taylor said the training consisted of classroom presentation and hands-on activities that were consistent with an Active Shooter setting in schools, workplaces, etc. He said there were training situations such as how to remove victims and how to diffuse hostile acts were some of the issues covered. Topics included hostage situations, IED’s, IED recognition identification, barricaded individuals, and disgruntled employees, just to name a few.

“Our primary focus is the safety of our children in the school environment,” Taylor said. “Our goal is to have our officers properly trained to deal with any potential situation. The only way that we can do that is to have these type training events for our officers.”

Taylor added that such training increases the ability of law enforcement personnel to quickly and effectively respond to critical situations, especially when it involves an active shooter.

“Their real life experience equals real life training in today’s tactical situations,” he said. The officers received hands-on, practical instruction that allows them to hit the ground running when they return to the job. Critical situations don’t wait and neither should we.”

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