Police train in area high schools

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.