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Bulletproof Mind: Mentally Preparing for Violence

Should the worst happen at a local school or anywhere else in our backyard- local law enforcement officers want to be prepared. They know how to use the weapons, but today they got a lesson in how to use their greatest tool. A top expert in the field taught them how to have a bulletproof mind.

In an emergency every moment counts.

"Generally, the first 5 to 10 minutes of an incident like that is when the majority of people are killed. --and it's how to deal with the mindset of what you're dealing with, " said Ellen Petty who is Director of Law Enforcement Training Advisory Commission.

Because we have watched it play out, we know our schools have become ground zero for violence.

"We haven't had a single kid killed by school fire in over 50 years, but hundreds and hundreds have been killed by school violence," Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dave Grossman who is Director of Warrior Science Group.

Retired from the u-s army--- lieutenant colonel dave grossman is considered the best in his field. The award winning author educates and mentally prepares local law enforcement for the worst.

"The department of education says that in '97 we had 57 dead by violence in our schools. In '06 we had 63 dead by violence in our schools," said Grossman.

The weapon of choice in most of these massacres-- guns. Officers have those and training on how to use them. What they don't get so often-- is the mental preparation.

"It's a mindset. You know you have to go in and take care of the problem immediately. This is why every law enforcement officer should take his class," Sangamon County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Berklar said.

From the classroom... To the movie theater-- grossman argues that nowhere is safe. He ties violence in our youth to over-exposure.

"Massacres are happening commonly. What used to be considered a massacre is minimal compared to what happens everyday now. How the body count is just adding up and adding up," Petty.