Somerset-Berkley Regional High School’s School Resource Officer, Gerard Guimond, is shown preparing to enter a live-fire shoot house during his recent R.A.I.D.E.R. training. The R.A.I.D.E.R. Instructor Training Program, which is an acronym for Rapid Deployment, Awareness, Intervention, EMS, and Recovery, is an intensive, week-long program of instruction for individual law enforcement officers who are first to respond to an active shooter situation. R.A.I.D.E.R. training gives law enforcement officers the necessary skills and mindset to locate active shooters, draw the shooters’ attention away from their intended victims, and neutralize the threat.
When his instructor first told Officer Guimond that he would learn how to individually engage and neutralize multiple armed threats without having to wait for back-up, his first thought was “yeah, right”. However, by the end of the course every officer in attendance was able to do just that.
Officer Guimond attributes the success of the course to the training scenarios presented to the students. Students used both simulated weapons and live-fire. Officer Guimond added that not only did he train in an actual school building but he also trained in a modular live-fire shoot house. The live-fire portion of the training included close-quarter live-fire drills, and firing several hundred rounds of pistol and rifle ammunition in the modular live-fire shoot house. The shoot house was designed so that the walls and doorways could be re-arraigned within a matter of minutes to present the students with non-repetitive, dynamic live-fire scenarios.
Officers attending the R.A.I.D.E.R. program, which was sponsored the Raynham Police Department, included officers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and the Vermont State Police.