by Tim Church
BRANSON, Mo. – Deputies with the Taney County Sheriff’s Office participate in a full day of staged tactical training drills on Tuesday, at the former Oak Ridge Boys Theatre in Branson.
In partnership with Mercy Springfield, the sheriff’s office took advantage of the soon to be demolished theater to stage hostage rescues, barricaded subject responses and high-risk warrant execution drills.
Sheriff Jimmie Russell says these drills provide his department with a certain advantage when the time comes for the real thing:
Russell says by running these drills inside the theater, it provides the department with a number of challenges including scenarios inside an office space, in the lobby, back stage or in the theater itself.
Mercy is demolishing the theater to make room for its upcoming multi-specialty clinic. Russell adds when Mercy first purchased the old Branson Inn, they allowed his department and several others from around the area to run drills on the property prior to its demolition in 2013.