HENNEPIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S CONDUCT “ACTIVE SHOOTER” TRAINING SCENARIOS AT HTC

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Hennepin Technical College’s Brooklyn Park campus is the site this summer (2013) for training exercises conducted by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office (HSCO) that will help first responders prepare for an active shooter event.

“Workplace and school shootings are a sad reality, and the professionals who respond to them are dealing with situations that are well outside a ‘normal’ first responder experience,” said Mike Colestock, associate dean, public and emergency services careers at HTC, explaining the importance of the training exercises being conducted in June, July and August. Colestock added that the HSCO utilizes training space at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center (LECJEC) on the Brooklyn Park campus on an ongoing basis. The active shooter exercises grew from the HSCO’s desire to broaden training experience.

“With 300 participants from 17 different agencies at the state, county, and local levels, this training activity is among the largest the sheriff’s office has organized,” said Lt. Steve Tait, who oversees training for the HSCO. He added that active shooter training takes place at many agencies around the state.

This summer’s HSCO training exercises take place in the LECJEC parking lot, as well as inside part of the HTC campus. According to Colestock, in planning the training, HTC’s culinary arts area was chosen because its layout made it easy to minimize disruption to the rest of the campus and because the area posed some excellent tactical problems for the officers to solve.

Faculty, staff, students, and visitors were notified that officers and deputies in full tactical uniform with realistic weapons would be on the campus as though reacting to a life threatening incident. During the training, sheriff’s office personnel act as event monitors and direct activities.

“Hennepin Technical College is proud to be associated with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the agencies that have sent their personnel to train for an event we all hope never happens,” said Colestock.

About Hennepin Technical College
Hennepin Technical College is Minnesota’s largest technical college, serving more than 10,000 students at campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie. HTC offers more than 45 programs of study, leading to certificates, diplomas, an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree. The college offers many evening, weekend, and online courses. In addition, cutting edge continuing education is available through HTC’s Customized Training Services.

HTC is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system of 31 community and technical colleges and universities serving more than 420,000 students across the state.

About the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office (www.hennepinsheriff.org) serves more than one million residents across Hennepin County, which includes the county seat in Minneapolis. Sheriff's Office headquarters are in downtown Minneapolis with divisions and unit facilities located throughout the county.
 

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Last updated by ardeshir : 2014-01-06 02:09:05