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With the recent rise of school shootings in the country, the Iowa DOT went through some special training to make sure they keep students safe.
The rise began just over a week ago when a student in south Dakota brought a gun to school and shot his principal in his office.

And the most recent shooting came last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
 A gunman walked into a classroom and opened fire on students and faculty.
 The killed nine people and injured several more.

It is a situation no officer ever wants to face, but it's something they prepare for.

Today's exercise wrapped up three weeks of training for officers from the Department of Transportation.
 In the case of an active shooter, they would be respond alongside other law enforcement departments.
    
"Drop the gun. Do it now."
Officers go through high pressure scenarios testing response times, tactics, and skills needed to stop an active shooter.
"We train for when not if," said Captain Chris Moline of the Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement Agency.

 That message was not more clear than when the news of the mass shooting in Oregon came in the middle of their three week training.
"It just really sunk home for them. That this is real stuff and this reality based scenario training with force-on-force really does help prepare them," said Moline.

 Officers are used simulation guns in order to create the stress of being actually shot at.
 It's as close to an active shooter situation officers can get with out actually being involved in one.

 "One of the things we lack in Iowa is training for the active shooter event and I think that is a direct result of not having something catastrophic happen in our state yet, which we are very fortunate for that. But as we saw last week in Oregon, the potential is always there," said program instructor, Luke Fleener.

"That adds a sense of realism to this training which in turn adds a sense of stress; which most officers don't get in the law enforcement academy," said Fleener.
 Now this session was only Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement Officers, but another training course was earlier this month with other departments.

 Captain Moline said this is crucial so in the event of an active shooter all first responders are using the same tactical plan.

The active shooter training was part of the motor vehicle enforcement agency's annual officer training hosted at Hawkeye Community College.

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