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Maxwell officers closely watch Navy Yard developments

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Major Benjamin Jacobson talks about Maxwell Air Force's base's response to an active shooter scenario. Major Benjamin Jacobson talks about Maxwell Air Force's base's response to an active shooter scenario.
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

With each passing moment, 42nd Security Forces Squadron Commander Benjamin Jacobson realizes what happened in Washington D.C. could easily happen in Montgomery.

And if it should?

"We are well organized and equipped here to respond to these type of situations," says Jacobson.

Jacobson's team trains for active shooter scenarios every month.

And sometimes the entire base is involved.

"When we conduct these exercises we're locking down facilities, we're potentially closing gates."

In an emergency, the base would immediately go into lock-down, or what's called shelter in place procedures--meaning everyone would stay where they are.

Security officials would then try to locate the shooter.

"We just gotta respond and respond immediately to reduce that threat."

Jacobson says the base takes real life scenarios, like the Navy Yard or Fort Hood shootings to better train.

"What were they armed with, what type of equipment did they have? We look at those incidents that have occurred. We'll implement those in the next monthly exercise or if we decide it's an immediate threat, we'll do it the next day if need be."

All the while, they're remaining confident they're being proactive.

"That will hopefully prevent the idea of somebody gaining access to the installation [base] and trying to engage in one of these incidents. They won't be very successful."

The Montgomery Police Department could also be called to help should an active shooter situation arise.

They often participate in joint training with Maxwell and provide assistance when needed.

Maxwell officers say MPD would most likely help control activities near, but off the base, unless Maxwell needed the MPD Swat Team.

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