Police drill for school shooting

first_img“It’s always important for us that the police are prepared,” said Susan Hume, assistant superintendent for business. “We’re happy to work with them.” She said the police had worked the details out with Glendora High personnel, who are off for spring break. Police cadets volunteered to fill the roles of victims, while retired Glendora officer Kevin Ruth and Cadet Scott Salvage played shooters. Officers used pink and blue paintball pellets to ensure they hit their targets. Caldwell said patrol officers are now trained to move in toward a shooter and take ground. “Most people run away from gunfire,” Caldwell said. “We’ve got to run into it.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDORA – Police officers in SWAT team gear spread out across the Glendora High School campus Monday as part of a drill to prepare them for the real thing. As part of the scenario, young people in red-splattered T-shirts lay on the ground calling for help as a sniper ran across the campus. “The goal is to practice for the worst and hope for the best,” said Glendora police Sgt. Jamie Caldwell. “We learned a lot after Columbine.” In April 1999, two Colorado teenagers went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School. They killed 12 and injured twice as many, then committed suicide. The Foothills Special Enforcement Team, or F-SET, took advantage of Glendora High’s spring break and used the empty campus to drill for such an “active shooter” scenario. The team is made up of officers from the Glendora, Arcadia, Monrovia and La Verne police departments. “The whole idea is to make it as realistic as possible,” Caldwell said. Today, Wednesday and Friday, Glendora’s regular patrol officers, who Caldwell said would arrive first in such a situation, will have a turn at the simulation. “We’ve been practicing this for years, but we had the opportunity to utilize the campus this year,” he said, adding the Police Department cooperated with school administrators and gained permission to use the campus. last_img

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