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UTPD officers to participate in active shooter training exercises on campus

The University of Toledo Police Department will conduct active shooter training exercises throughout the month of May that emphasize the role of the first officer to respond to an emergency situation.

The first exercise will take place Wednesday, May 10, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the former Main Campus Child Care Center near the south entrance of campus off Dorr Street and also in Parking Area 9.

Most of the training will be contained inside the building. However, officers will be practicing entry into the north side of the building.

The community may see police cruisers with emergency lights on as officers practice their approaches in the parking lot. Signs will be posted that say, “UT Police Training Event.”

Two more training exercises will be held at the same time and location Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 26.

The training program called RAIDER, which stands for Rapid Deployment, Awareness, Intervention, Decisiveness, EMS and Recovery, provides the tactical skills necessary for the first officer responding to an active shooter situation to be able to intervene immediately in order to reduce the number of causalities.

The training provides officers with the mental and physical skills to draw the attention of the active shooter away from potential victims, confuse and frustrate the shooter, and successfully neutralize the situation.