CERT team leaves for mock prison riot training, competition

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Courtesy Photo | BSO Chaplain Jay Valentine leads the group in a parting prayer.

Members of the Bossier Sheriff’s Office Corrections Emergency Response Team (CERT) left Thursday for four days of mock prison riot training and competition Apr 30- May 6 at the decommissioned West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, W.Va.

The 11-person team, comprising Lt. Brad Anderson and Sgt. Joey Bowen (CERT Commander), and deputies Brandon Alsabrook, Robert Thompson, Michele Jester, J.D. Hadden, Chase Hesson, Scott Nelson, Cody Callicoatte, Michael Skinner, and Joshua Hendrix, will compete against teams from all over the world.

The event will include hostage situations, riots, an officer-down scenario, an obstacle course and shooting.

Courtesy Photo | The CERT team poses for a group photo just before leaving on the 15-hour journey to the competition.
Courtesy Photo | The CERT team poses for a group photo just before leaving on the 15-hour journey to the competition.