Sumner County, Tennessee SROs training in active shooting conditions

SUMNER COUNTY, Tennessee (WKRN) — Summer break officially begins tomorrow for Sumner County students.

However, student resource workers are already preparing for next year.

“Imagine yourself in your school. They keep the hostages in the room. How long are we going to hold this position?”

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That was the mindset of the SRO Sumner County during Thursday’s training session.

“The basics are what we return to. When we have a critical incident, something very stressful, we immediately go back to our basics,” said the sergeant. Chris Vines of the SRO of the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office.

On Thursday, all 50 SROs of Sumner County received classroom and range training.

“Several times throughout the year we do modified workouts to make sure we are smart, quick and able to react without thinking about it. We just do it with muscle memory,” Vines said.

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This academic year, for the first time, a full-time SRO was opened at each school on campus.

It’s a relief for Vines, who is also the father of a Sumner County student.

“I am comforted to know that one of my associates is in this building who will do absolutely everything in their power to ensure the safety of not only my child, but all other children in the area,” Vines said.

As students go on summer break, Vines said it’s important to train year round.

“This way we can make ourselves better, because we always have to learn. We always have to adapt to anything and everything,” Vines said.

In three weeks, their unit will go to the Pigeon Forge school security conference for specialized training.

The Sumner County Sheriff’s Office and SRO Division were recently ranked among the best in the nation.

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