Lubbock police prepare for the worst with live training drill at LCU
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Lubbock police got some first-hand experience in how to handle an active shooter on a college campus Wednesday.
Lubbock Christian University partnered with LPD to provide special training for officers, just in case the worst should happen.
"I think this provides a good awareness for the community that their law enforcement and medical first responders are active and training for things we hope never happen, but we're ready if they might happen," said Captain Neal Barron with the Lubbock Police Department.
On Wednesday, LCU's campus was transformed into an active-shooter training facility for Lubbock police officers. Multiple patrol officers stood on high alert as shots were heard in the distance.
"There's a female victim shot in the arm. Code B," was heard on police scanners.
EMS quickly responded to treat her as officers found other victims wounded or killed around campus. One-by-one, police vehicles sped on to campus. Officers and negotiators suited up when they were told the gunman was barricaded in a dorm room with hostages.
"We look at all the things that have happened in the world and all the school shootings…everything back from Columbine to present day," said Sgt. Jason Lewis.
"We try and take some of those scenarios and learn from them. This is a good chance for our S.W.A.T. commander to observe all of that and then to critique our guys and let them know things we need to work on or things we did great," Lewis said.
University Medical Center EMS, Lubbock Fire Department, LPD's homicide unit, S.W.A.T. team, bomb squad, and others were called out to assist in this simulated mass casualty active-shooter event.
Barron said the goal is to, "Make sure that everyone is able to work as a team, together, to accomplish the goal of keeping the citizens safe."
Warren McNill, spokesperson for LCU, says everything they did during the event will inform them on how to better secure the campus and keep students safe.
"A college campus needs to be secure for students. We partnered with Lubbock Police Department to have this exercise on our campus so that they might understand more about who we are and where our buildings are," said McNill.