There's an active shooter drill on campus at Utica College this morning, and emergency crews are staging a full-scale response. It's just a drill, but it highlights the importance of being familiar with a situation no one wants to see on campus or anywhere.
Police, campus security, fire officials, and rescue personnel will participate in the active shooter scenario in order to learn how to better work together and evaluate response procedures in the event of an active shooter situation.
Utica's Police Chief joined us this morning to talk about the importance of this kind of coordinated training and response. He says while we hope a situation like this never arises on our local campuses, police need to understand how to respond and work with others on the campus, and also to familiarize themselves with the logistics on campus.
The drill is part of Utica College's larger management training initiative, coordinated by a team of administrators, faculty and staff.
The director of campus safety at the college says what's learned from this drill can help with not only active shooter scenarios, but anything from a major power outage to a gas leak on campus.
You'll see a major police and emergency response at Utica College in the area of White Hall, Hubbard Hall and the Gordon Science Center until about noon Wednesday.