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More than 200 staff members of the Hemet Unified School District received training by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in how to respond to an “active shooter” incident. The participating officers—including Deputy K9 Roscoe—were recognized last month for their support in helping to train staff members on how to handle such a crisis.
An active shooter is an individual engaged in attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, according to police. In most cases, active shooters use a firearm, but there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims, say police. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly thus requiring quick thinking and preparation on the part of school staff.
The Hemet Unified School District has announced it intends to “enhance preparedness” through a whole community approach by providing products, tools, and resources to help school staff prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident in the unlikely event one should occur within the Hemet school district. That was the focus of the training that some 200 management, campus security, office staff, maintenance, and custodial personnel received last fall when officers from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department agreed to conduct training seminars on their behalf.
Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly thus requiring quick thinking and preparation on the part of school staff.”
The HUSD Board of Governors expressed its “sincerest appreciation” to Deputies Chris Waters, Pete Lawson, Scott Larsen, Capt. Leonard Purvis, and Deputy Roscoe K9 for their support of the school district.
“Our partnership with Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is key to enhancing our protocols and preparation,” said a Board spokesperson. “This partnership provided in-depth training, discussions, and visuals to more than 200 staff members last Oct. 2–3 at Tahquitz High School.
“Our staff members greatly appreciate the knowledge, experience, and guidance by these deputies,” the Board said in a written statement.
Those attending last fall’s seminars included management, campus security, office staff, maintenance, and custodial personnel. The staff expressed its appreciation to the deputies for the information and the time each spent at the school and said the staff now feels better prepared to recognize, respond to, and report any such incident should it develop.