Area officers participate in active-shooter training

Officers participating in classroom learning, shooting, and testing their composure

4/11/2013
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During an active shooter training scenario, an officer, left, arrives at the scene of a shooting as others portraying victims flee the area at the former Veterans Affairs Building, 3303 Glendale, today.
During an active shooter training scenario, an officer, left, arrives at the scene of a shooting as others portraying victims flee the area at the former Veterans Affairs Building, 3303 Glendale, today.

Police from multiple agencies are participating this week in active-shooter training.

The University of Toledo Police Department is hosting active shooter training all week to instruct officers from UTPD and area police departments how to enter a building by themselves when a shooter is inside.
The University of Toledo Police Department is hosting active shooter training all week to instruct officers from UTPD and area police departments how to enter a building by themselves when a shooter is inside.

Since Monday, officers have been participating in classroom learning, time at a shooting range, and testing their control during scenarios.

CTY TRAINING12p Tracy Zuver, Chief Deputy of the Fulton Co. Sheriff's Office, passes an officer portraying a shooting victim as he rounds a corner with an air soft gun looking for the shooter during a training scenario. The training is known as RAIDER (Rapid Deployment, Awareness, Intervention, Decisiveness, EMS and Recovery).
CTY TRAINING12p Tracy Zuver, Chief Deputy of the Fulton Co. Sheriff's Office, passes an officer portraying a shooting victim as he rounds a corner with an air soft gun looking for the shooter during a training scenario. The training is known as RAIDER (Rapid Deployment, Awareness, Intervention, Decisiveness, EMS and Recovery).

At the end of the training, the more than 20 officers from around Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan will be certified to train members of their departments.

Sgt. Doug Perry, left, of the University of Toledo Police Department, heads into a hallway as instructor trainer candidate Frank Chickos of the Bainbridge Township Police Department follows during a training scenario.
Sgt. Doug Perry, left, of the University of Toledo Police Department, heads into a hallway as instructor trainer candidate Frank Chickos of the Bainbridge Township Police Department follows during a training scenario.

Today, officers were at the former Veterans Affairs Building at 3303 Glendale Ave., practicing techniques for various scenarios.

The training, taught by Response Options, emphasizes solo-engagement training, which teaches officers to enter a building by themselves to disengage an active shooter. Past practices have taught officers to wait until back up or SWAT teams were on scene to enter.