Large "Live Fire" Drill At Grossmont

GROSSMONT COLLEGE -- Sounds of gunfire and police in battle gear swarming the campus will occur on campus this week as local police hone skills they hope to never use.

A sign of America's violent side, perhaps, but the San Diego Sheriff's Department will be training officers on Tuesday and Thursday this week for combatting an "active shooter" scenario on a school or college campus.

Sheriff's deputies have issued a warning that if you live or work near the college they want you to be aware they will hold active shooter training at Grossmont College on Tuesday, July 16th and Thursday, July 18th from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. "This is a drill only,'' deputies warn, but it may not look like that to passersby.

The drill will involve sounds of gunfire to simulate a situation where a gunman is shooting at people. Teams of deputies and officers taking part in the exercise will make their way through the campus with mock firearms, practicing how they would track down a gunman. They will also check the classrooms and practice evacuation procedures. The goal is to prepare law enforcement personnel so they know what to expect in the chaos of a real shooting scenario.

Some classes are in session for the summer break, but students and staff were notified via email and text messages. There will be road signs informing the public of the drill.

Deputies said the the long hours were necessary to accommodate various shifts of deputies and officers.

Other Questions? Call the Santee Sheriff's Station at (619) 956-4000.

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