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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Law enforcement from around Cenla gathered to prepare and prevent a scenario that is becoming all too common. 


"So when that day comes, unfortunately it will come, we can hopefully integrate," said Special Agent Michael J. Anderson. 

It's a scenario nobody in law enforcement wants to experience first hand.  

"Active shooters don't just occur in urban areas, in fact we're seeing more and more in rural areas, lessly populated areas, so it could happen here just as easily as it could happen in New Orleans," said Anderson.

So to prepare for the worst -- the FBI was in Alexandria to advise Central Louisiana law enforcement. 

"In light of all the mass shooting that have been all over the country and all over the world for that matter, law enforcement feels like the more we can learn the more we can try and prepare and possibly head off some of these situations where possible," said Natchitoches Police Chief Micky Dove.

According to the FBI, the average active shooter scenario only lasts about 5 to 7 minutes, but afterwards is when victim and crisis management comes into play. According to the FBI this is when communication between agencies, is most important.

"The first few moments of an active shooter all our police are going and responding to the immediate threat and once that threat is over there's a huge aftermath that we all as a community have to deal with and this is designed to better help us coordinate that response," said Alexandria Police Chief Loren Lampert. 

Multiple agencies working together to keep the public safe and hopefully prevent the worst from happening. 

"We don't know how many we prevent, we only know the ones we don't prevent, so hopefully as the information we have here gets disseminated throughout the community we can prevent more and more of these," said Lampert. 

The active shooter seminar continues tomorrow when multiple law enforcement agencies will work together to respond to a simulated mass shooting.  

 

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