The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office provided 200 local police officers with Quick Action Deployment (QUAD) training last week.
“This training is all voluntary,” said Lt. Timothy Zurmehly during a session at the Bethel-Tate High School Dec. 28. “All participants received an invitation by the sheriff and the response has been great. Our county law enforcement officers are taking this very seriously.”
Once or twice a year, the training is offered as a way to prepare first responders to any type of active shooting that may occur in a county school.
“It is just one more way to be prepared for the possibility,” Lt. Zurmehly said. “The QUAD training came about as a direct result of recent school shootings and school hostage situations, especially the Columbine massacre.”
On April 20, 1999, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris enacted a full-out assault on the Columbine high school in Littleton, Colorado; they murdered 12 students and one teacher before turning their weapons on themselves.
Sergeant Gary Payne of the Clermont County Sheriff's Office said that the department chooses closed county schools to hold the training in to familiarize the officers that do not necessarily live in the area with the layout of the school.
"Quick Action Deployment training is a tool that we have and utilize so that some type of plan is in place that all officers are familiar with," he said. "So if there ever is a problem like an active shooter in one of our schools, we are all on the same page as far as how to respond until emergency help arrives."
The QUAD training, which was held at the Williamsburg and the Bethel-Tate high schools Dec. 20 - Dec. 30, is also applicable to other settings, said Payne.
"The training is invaluable," he said. "In any emergency situation which requires immediate action, QUAD will give us the tools to act quickly and as a coordinated effort. In any environment where a problem may arise, the QUAD training is most important in helping us communicate with each other and hopefully, save lives. The first thing that we all learn about QUAD is that the response to a situation like an active shooter is not a search, it is a rescue mission."
As a result of the county's QUAD sessions, county police officers are now better prepared for those missions.