The University of Toledo Police Department will conduct an active shooter training exercise that emphasizes the role of the first officer to respond to an emergency situation.
More than 30 officers with UT and Owens Community College will participate in the training that will include a simulated response to an active shooter Monday, Jan. 4, in Carter Hall on Main Campus.
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.
“While we hope there is never the opportunity to put this training into practice, it is important for law enforcement officers to regularly review these response tactics so that we remain prepared for any emergency,” UT Police Chief and Director of Public Safety Jeff Newton said. “Solo engagement training is the evolution of responding to active shooters and trains for the first officer on the scene to no longer wait for backup, but to go in immediately to confront the shooter who is looking to inflict the most amount of damage in the shortest amount of time.”
The training provides officers with the mental and physical skills to draw the attention of the active shooter away from the potential victims, confuse and frustrate the shooter, and successfully neutralize the situation.
The training is scheduled to take place in the vacant residence hall during UT’s winter break to minimize any disruption to campus operations. The two-day program also will include standard firearms training for the officers.