(Photographs by Ben Siegel/Ohio University)
Ohio University Police Officer Kevin Frith (center) participates in active shooter training with Lt. Tim Ryan, pictured on the ground, at The Ridges on Aug. 14 and 15. The summer training is held each year to ensure officers know the latest techniques and have an opportunity to practice and fine tune their skills when responding to a report of an active shooter.
"The training was a success and was a good way to keep our skills fresh and up-to-date," said OUPD Chief Andrew Powers. "It's a good opportunity to apply those skills and refine them in keeping with best practices. While — thankfully — it turned out to be a false alarm, the recent report of a possible shooting at Gamertsfelder Hall demonstrated the importance of this training. In that case, officers were on scene in less than two minutes, an emergency text and email were sent within 13 minutes, and within 15 minutes we had 24 police officers conducting a systematic search of the East Green. That response was a direct result of the regular training we do to prepare officers for this type of call.”
Ohio University Police Lt. Tim Ryan plays the "bad guy" during active shooter training at the Ridges.
Community members interested in learning more about what they can do if they find themselves confronting an active shooter are encouraged to watch OUPD’s ALiCE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) training video here and attend one of the public ALiCE training sessions planned this fall.
Training sessions will be held on the following days: