Grover Beach Police Department Holds Active Shooter Training Exercise

GROVER BEACH, Calif. – The Grover Beach Police Department prepared an active shooter training exercise this Saturday at Grover Beach Elementary School.

“With every incident of school violence that we see on the news or hear about, we always have to ask the hard questions. Are there things we can do better to prepare? What can we learn from these incidents to make sure we’re doing our job,” said Grover Beach PD Commanding Officer Bryan Millard.

The training will include exercises to improve the skills and knowledge of police officers in the event of an active shooter in a school.

Grover Beach Sergeant Ryan Wade said it was important to have this training because technology and skills change. Sergeant Wade says the training and drills include tactical entry, active fire scenario and command post training.

“We have an armored vehicle and we will learn how to use it to keep our officers safe and to respond and help evacuate members of the community. We will have our drone team here so we can train with the officers on how these drones could be used,” Millard said.

School shootings have taken place across the country, and with the most recent tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, police departments want to be prepared.

Law enforcement says they are trained to do their best to protect their community and help ease parental concerns at the start of the school year.

“We will not hesitate to stop this threat. We will enter. We will not wait. We won’t stop,” Commander Millard said.

The training will include active fire drills and will continue until 5 p.m.

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