County officers participate in ‘Upstate Shield’ training

UPSTATE — On Tuesday several Upstate law enforcement agencies, including the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, came together to participate in a joint training exercise for critical incidents.

The original concept behind the exercise known as “Upstate Shield” was simply to provide an opportunity for agencies predominantly from the upstate to come together and share ideas, learn new skills and establish working relationships to facilitate mutual aid.

This year’s event was held at the T. Ed Garrison Arena, located at 1101 West Queen Street in Pendleton. The event kicked off at 8 a.m. with several speakers, including sheriffs and chiefs from participating agencies.

Scenarios and breakout sessions were scheduled throughout the day, which provided opportunities for each agency to train with their respective crisis negotiation and tactical teams.