Mark Reynolds Journal Staff Writer mrkrynlds
Jul 10, 2019 at 12:32 PM
Jul 10, 2019 at 12:41 PM
Smithfield Police have posted photos from a three-day training simulation that gave police officers and ems personnel to work on their techniques for handling a mass shooting.
The action photos show police officers, Smithfield firefighters, and student-age civilians with mock injuries on the final day of simulations held over the course of three mornings at Smithfield High School on June 18, June 19 and June 21, said Smithfield police Capt. Jason DiGrado.
Smithfield police officers have trained for active shooting situations previously, but these most recent sessions focused on coordinating with emergency medical personnel and moving injured persons away from the scene as soon as possible, DiGrado said.
The training simulations took place at the high school after students went on their summer break.
A group of 10 volunteers, all young people and part of the Law Enforcement Explorer Program at the department, played the part of students caught up in the shooting, said DiGrado.
Some students ran away from the mock shooter while others played the part of injured victims.
“They did a spectacular job,” he said.
The department intends to simulate active shooting scenarios in other settings in the future, he said.