Training has always been a passion for Lieutenant Wesley Green of the Collierville Police Department. For the past five years, Lieutenant Green has led the Collierville Firearms Unit training, which includes an officer’s procedures during an active shooter scenario. The goal of this particular police training is to protect citizens and fellow officers in the event of a live, active shooter situation.
“We spend time and resources to train the officers to better prepare themselves, but without the citizens’ help, chaos can ensue during a stressful situation,” commented Lieutenant Green. “I believe it’s the police department’s duty to not only protect citizens, but educate the community on self-protection.”
In 2013, Lieutenant Green developed a community training presentation focused on steps to take during an active shooter situation, insight into where these situations may occur, and how to recognize signs of potential threats from a coworker, family member or a friend. He created the curriculum using material from previous law enforcement training, Homeland Security and the FBI.
Lieutenant Green believes that if the community knows how to respond to an active shooter incident, it would aid an officer’s ability to control the scene and maximize citizen safety. Using the principles of run, hide or fight, the training teaches skills that citizens can use anywhere.
Since implementing the training, the presenters, Collierville Firearms Training Unit officers, have trained numerous local churches, Town employees, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Plus members, area businesses and a private school; School Resource Officers provide training for the Collierville Schools’ system.
Lieutenant Green recently moved into the Communications Division of the Collierville Police Department, and the current SWAT Commander, Lieutenant Ken Rowlett has taken Green’s place leading the community training. Lieutenant Rowlett shares the same passion as his predecessor to provide the community with better knowledge about self-protection; Lieutenant Josh Wheeler also leads the program.
“I am very pleased with the continued direction of the program,” said Lieutenant Green. “The Collierville community does so much for our police department, in return, we want to provide the best level of safety possible to the citizens.”