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Bladen School Resource Officers undergo training

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officers (SROs) reviewed tactical defensive movements and Rescue Task Force integration this week under the direction and watchful eye of the BCSO Specialized Training Unit. Sergeant Gary Turlington and Sergeant Barry Pait met with the SRO Director Sergeant Leon Graham and his officers to conduct this specialized training as schedules and school conditions permitted.

Bladen Online first reported this effort on June 8, 2018 and the next step was reported on May 17, 2019 when allied assets were included and the Rescue Task Force concept was first implemented.

“Training is ongoing while several upcoming classes are scheduled at local fire departments in Bladen County. Having been in this area serving as a sheriff’s office member since early 2015 with over three decades of law enforcement experience altogether, I find our First Responders working and volunteering in every aspect of our agencies focused on the increased safety and professionalism of our services to our community,” Sgt. Turlington said.

He added, “Our continued training has been very well received because those that have attended thus far see that it is primarily to protect our school children and school staff members.”

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