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Law enforcement to conduct active assailant training at Alexandria school

The training will be held Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Thursday, Aug. 11.

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ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria Police Department, in partnership with Alexandria Public Schools and Douglas County Emergency Management, will conduct a multi-agency active assailant training on two days – Tuesday, Aug. 9, and Thursday, Aug. 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alexandria Area High School campus located at 4300 Pioneer Rd. SE in Alexandria.

The training will be throughout both days and given the sensitive nature of the training, the high school campus will be closed to the general public.

The training will include classroom and hands-on simulation activities. A significant number of emergency response vehicles will be visible and in the parking lot from 8 a.m. to late afternoon. In order to avoid any confusion, the public is being notified ahead of time.

The training exercise will focus on emergency response to an active assailant incident on campus and is being staged by the Alexandria Police Department in collaboration with school district officials and local emergency responders.

“We have a strong relationship with area emergency response agencies to ensure our emergency operations plan is up-to-date and thorough,” Superintendent Rick Sansted said in a press release. “This type of training is the best way to coordinate between agencies to help assure a coordinated, timely and effective response and recovery in the event of a major incident.”

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Agencies participating in the training include Alexandria Police Department, Alexandria Fire Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and North Memorial Health.

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