Training exercise to be held at local school The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office (JDSO) will be leading two active shooter training simulation drills at the Jennings Elementary School (JES), located on the corner of Florence and Academy, beginning this weekend. Officials want to inform residents in the neighborhood they will see several sheriff’s office units, as well as city police and fire department units, parked at the school during the drill. The sound of shouting, and even gunfire, will be heard from outside the campus during the drill, as a recording of an active shooter simulation will be played on a loudspeaker inside the facility. JDSO wants the public to understand these noises are part of a practice drill and not the result of an actual shooting situation, and no one will be in any danger. The purpose of the drill is to practice first response by locating an active shooter in a large public facility, neutralizing the threat, familiarizing the layout of the school and setting up a triage location on scene to treat the injured in the event of an actual emergency. Last November, the first active shooter simulation exercise was held at Jennings High School with members of the city police department. The informative exercise was so successful, the agency decided to repeat the drill again this year with the addition of members of the Jennings Fire Department. In a real active shooter situation, all three agencies would naturally work together, and organizers felt it was in the greater good of the public for all first responding agencies to be prepared for such an event. Simulation drills will be held on two separate dates; Saturday, Nov. 10, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m., at JES, located at 620 Florence Street in Jennings. Although the simulation drill poses no danger and will be held inside the school, the public is asked to please avoid entering the school property, including the outer open areas of the campus such as the parking lots or grassy areas surrounding the facility.