SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — While students were off to Spring Break on Friday, 22 resource officers came to the old Doling School for a new kind of training.
The Greene County Sheriff’s Office and CoxHealth lead the training going over everything from tactical drills to emergency response first aid training.
The instructor of one of the courses says the training covered what to do during the worst case scenario.
“99 percent of the time, we won’t be doing this. But we are training for that one percent of the time,” he said.
It’s called TC3, or Tactical Combat Casualty Care.
“This has taken it to a whole new level on how [the resource officers] can protect themselves and, at the same time, provide care,” said Jim Farrell, director of School Police for Springfield Public Schools.
He says his officers learned what to do in a critical incident.
“And all too often people think a critical incident, especially when school police is involved, as an active shooter,” he said. “But it can also include a bus wreck, or a motor vehicle accident in front of the school, or a fall in a playground that may produce a fracture of some kind.”
Corporal James Craigmyle with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office says by learning emergency response first aid, the resource officers can help the nurses who work in the schools.
“If a child gets hurt on the playground, their school resource officers there can aid or assist the school nurse, knowing what to do to stabilize the child until emergency personnel arrives,” he said.
The training covered tactics, how to enter and clear a building, how to look for and seal a gunshot wound. The officers practiced how to pull an injured person out of a building. They also went through how to open up airways and how to put new air passages into the lungs.
“It’s not just important, it’s vital,” said Farrell.
Farrell hopes this new training will also help reassure parents that Springfield resource officers take very seriously the health and safety of their children.
“School resource officers are just like deputies, just like police officers, they go through the same training the same schooling,” said Craigmyle. “They just take care of our kids in school, while we are out taking care of the community.”