Civilian and military police from Army, Marines and Air Force joined local law enforcement personnel for an Active Shooter Training for Trainers Course Oct. 18-20 at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

Police from Fort Meade, Fort Lee, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Andrews Air Force Base and Quantico Marine Corps Base joined law enforcement teams from Caroline and King George counties.

Every officer is required to attend active shooter training. The training, specifically for street officers and first responders, taught them how to meet a direct threat force with force, according to Fort A.P. Hill Police Lt. Ronald Henson, who taught the course.

"This training is more important than ever for first responders because of incidents like Fort Hood and Columbine," Henson said.