July 13, 2007
By George Mauzy
The Ohio University Police Department will be among several Athens area law enforcement agencies participating in active shooter training Monday and Tuesday in the former Baker University Center at the corner of East Union and College streets.
The role-play training, to be conducted by the Ohio State Highway Patrol Special Response Team, is intended to prepare officers to handle active shooter situations. Volunteers will be used to fill some of the roles required for the exercise.
Two identical, four-hour training sessions are planned each day beginning at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Ohio University Police Department Lt. Steve Noftz, one of the organizers, said this is the first time this type of training has been held in Athens.
"The training allows for a practical application of the necessary skills used during an active shooter situation and provides officers with interagency training, which is helpful when we are called on to work together during an emergency situation," Noftz said.
Law enforcement agencies scheduled to participate include the Ohio University Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Athens Police Department, Hocking College Police Department, Nelsonville Police Department and Athens County Sheriff's Department.
"Times have changed, and all police officers need to be prepared to handle active shooter situations," said Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Dave Allwine. "The greatest benefit is that all law enforcement officers will receive the same tactical training, which will allow us to quickly work together when these situations arise."