Just days after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, school safety trainers are instructing Memphis City School's officers.
Safety officials say the tragedy gives it new intensity for the officers. It was an attack on the most vulnerable, first graders and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
"A lot of the officers are parents, a lot do have children in the school system. So this really hits home when you have such an incident that happened," said Chief Gerald Darling with MCS Security.
Memphis city schools safety officers are undergoing 40 hours of training from national instructor Lt. Tim Enos of the School Safety Advisory Council.
Enos explained, "We talk to them and tell them they are the front line, they are going to be the ones that are going to engage the bad guys, hopefully before they get to the school, or when they do get to the school, they have to be the person to stop the threat."
After training, officers go back to the schools and share their training with teachers and school staff.
Enos added there can never be enough preparation, "The more training that you have when you have a bad situation, all of these officers, the teachers, the principals, everyone who is involved in this, they're going to go back to what their training is."
This is yearly training for MCS security officers and was scheduled for this week, well before last week's tragedy. But now, officers are more focused and intense than ever.
"The more you stay up to date, the more you have people come in and talk about training, that may just be the little thing in a time of a crisis, may stop something from really bad from happening," said Enos.
The training officers are in town from Florida, and will be training officers for the rest of the week.
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