2013-06-16 / News

Police to hold active shooter training at Imlay City High School

BY PHIL FOLEY 810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City High School will be crawling with police from five departments Monday, but it’s all in the name of training.

Following an active shooter training session at Goodrich High School in Genesee County earlier this year, school board member Jim Preisel, who is also a sergeant with the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept., suggested holding a similar exercise in Imlay City.

Following a rampage by two students at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999 that left 13 people dead and another 27 injured, law enforcement agencies made a fundamental shift in their approach to gunmen in public places. Most law enforcement agencies now advocate an aggressive response to shooting incidents in public places and for holding mock exercises told help prepare school staffs and other agencies.

Superintendent Gary Richards said along with members of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept.’s S.R.T. Team and police departments from Imlay City, Almont, Dryden, and Capac, the Imlay City Fire Chief and Mary Stikeleather-Piorunek, the Lapeer County Emergency Management director, are expected to be on hand.

Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. Don Brady and Andy Engster will be in charge of the training, which is expected to begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the High School.

Richards said that while all the training will take place only at the high school this time, all K-12 staff and administrators will participate.

Following the first run through, school staff will be debriefed and dismissed, Richards said. Following a lunch break, he added, police will conduct a series of training scenarios through 3 p.m. at the school.

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