A spokesperson for the San Diego Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that deputies will be taking place in a training operation at Grossmont College.
They have alerted students, staff and area residents that the additional law enforcement presence is nothing to be worried about. The drill will simulate an active shooter incident. It will wake place on two days.
The first training will be held on July 16. The second is scheduled to go off two days later. Both will take place between the hours of 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.
A San Diego Sheriff’s Department representative said the training will include a number of elements that will help it simulate a real-life event. Gunfire sounds will take place throughout the dedicated time span.
Deputies say they will focus on tactics that would be used should an active shooter take over a campus. They will be trained using fake firearms and will practice strategies related to taking down a gunman.
A primary focus will be neutralizing the suspect. Secondary efforts will reportedly include checking classrooms and initializing evacuation procedures.
The department is hopeful they will never need to use these skills in a real-life situation. At the same time, they recognize the need to be prepared. Active shooters have caused widespread turmoil on campuses throughout the United States. Elementary schools and college campuses have all been impacted.
San Diego Sheriff’s Department deputies will use this opportunity to brush up on skills such as evacuating a classroom, communicating via hand signal, establishing safe evacuation routes and how to deal with the injury of a team member.
Most classes are not currently in session. This is due to the summer break. There are a handful of students and teachers that are expected to be on campus. All of these individuals have been notified via text message and email.
The department has underscored that nearby residents or persons who work in the area need not worry about the pending flurry of law enforcement activity. The San Diego Sheriff’s Department will also post road signs on June 16 and 18.