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School violence training began on Wednesday at Lander Valley High School. (Photo provided by LPD)

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander Police Department is using Fremont County School District 1’s holiday break as an opportunity to practice school violence response.

In an e-mail, Police Chief Jim Carey said the LPD started the training on Dec. 26 at Lander Valley High School. During the initial day of training, LPD was accompanied by Fremont County Sheriff’s Deputies and a federal agency. About 12 officers participated, and more will be rotated in as training continues.

“This will continue over the next several weeks while the school are empty,” he said.

The training he said was scheduled before the Connecticut massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School took place two weeks ago.

“This is nothing new to the agencies involved, just keeping skills and tactics up to date and fresh,” Carey said, later adding, “Any form of training is not only vital but it’s important to try and be consistent. As we have stated before, the schools are our priority.”

(Photo provided by LPD)

(Photo provided by LPD)

(Photo provided by LPD)

(Photo provided by LPD)