MADISONVILLE, Texas - Law enforcement agencies teamed up in Madisonville to learn how to handle an active shooter scenario.
The two-day course was provided free of charge to the officers by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Team, or ALERT.
"We're trying to give the guys some ways to defeat an active shooter," said David Thomas with ALERT.
Active shooter is the term used to describe a gunman inside a school or other venue with people inside.
Robertson County Precinct 2 Constable Benny McRae said it's a situation officers never want to face, but always want to be prepared for.
"And that's the reason why we're doing what we're doing," said Rae. "Because it can happen anywhere. It's pretty much, if you let your guard down, that's when it's going to hit you."
The officers use bullets made from colored soap. Blue bullets for the good guys, and red for the bad guys. Real enough to hurt if you're hit.
"That allows the officer to have the feeling of well, I've been hit, and I can fight through it and live through this," said Thomas.
Thomas said the training goes beyond the school.
"If someone comes into a Walmart or a large venue like that with a bunch of people, we train them for that as well."
ALERT offers training to officers across the nation. To find out more, click on the link added to this story.