ODESSA- The grueling training is all part of a program called "ALERRT," which stands for Advanced Enforcement Rapid Response Training. It's to help State and National Guards stay on their toes and react quickly in case a shooting ever does occur in a public area.
"The consequence of not having this training is that you go into a situation blind," Captain Jack Williams with the Texas State Guard, said.
The goal for officers, to be prepared. Federal and state money is invested every year for these officers to study how to react in case of a public threat.
"This allows us to take certain situations and see how we would be react to them so that in another situation we can work as a team and communicate together and become more effective," Williams said.
Thousands of first responding patrol officers nationwide have been trained in scenarios just like this.
"They need to know that there are agencies in Midland and Odessa, in this area, that care about their safety," Williams said.
Officers say shooters can attack almost anywhere and practicing different tactics will make them better for the job.