LOWNDES CO., GA (WALB) - A group of eager teenagers in Lowndes County prepared themselves for what to do in an active shooter situation on Thursday.
It's all part of a six-week strenuous training program put on for the Lowndes County Law Enforcement Explorers.
The group is made up of high school and college students interested in law enforcement and on Thursday night, they had the opportunity to go into a staged active shooter situation and take over the building.
Lowndes County Explorers took part in the high stress active shooter training situation where they were in pursuit of two gunman.
Their Job was to take control of the situation and relieve the hostages.
"You can't lose your train of thought or you get killed," said Explorers Captain Joseph Marino.
Every room was searched and cleared.
Marino, who is 17-years-old, said this training will help him become the best police officer he can be when he enters his career.
"I already know what to do, so I can help teach others to know it and we can learn it faster," explained Marino.
Deputy Robert McLeod with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office said that this group of high school and college students are getting training that officers actually receive in police academy.
"It's put on for law enforcement agencies across the country, that way all law enforcement agencies can be on the same sheet of music," said McLeod.
This helps make them seasoned in alert training for when it's time to begin their policing career.
"In law enforcement we can retain the best and brightest to mold these kids to be future law enforcement," said McLeod.
And both parties agree that this is a great experience for getting close to real life experience.
"It's one of those things that you have to prepare for," explained Marino. "And it's going to be unexpected and you kind of expect it at the same time because people can do anything."
Next on the Law Enforcement Explorers' agenda is doing an active shooter training at Lowndes County High School.