ACUPD to host police/fire training exercise

Posted May 16, 2012

The ACU Police Department (ACUPD), in partnership with the Abilene Police Department, will host a dynamic police training exercise on the ACU campus May 23 from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. The training is designed to teach regional police forces how to respond to school shootings.

ACUPD Police Chief Jimmy Ellison says the training is invaluable to his force. "This is an incredible opportunity for ACU and for ACUPD. It greatly enhances the overall emergency response readiness, should we ever have a critical/active shooter incident on our campus. You cannot put a price tag on this level of training."

Abilene area law enforcement leaders use the training to set a high standard for preparedness to shooting incidents. The training has become an annual event, due to the number of shootings on university campuses nationwide.

The exercise will be conducted in Nelson Hall and McDonald Hall, and in the parking lots of both buildings. Officers from regional agencies will run through shooting scenarios designed to test and teach better tactics, inter-agency radio communications, and overall coordination of multi-agency response to a major critical incident.