Waynesburg University, in conjunction with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as the University’s Criminal Justice Department and Department of Public Safety, will hold an Active Shooter Learning Drill Sunday, April 12.
“This learning exercise clearly integrates all aspects of the Waynesburg University mission of connecting faith, learning and service,” said Mary Cummings, the University’s vice president of Student Services. “While we pray that our community will never need to engage in this type of situation in a real-life event, we are committed to providing learning opportunities to prepare students. In this case, we are preparing criminal justice students for their futures as they have chosen a life of service in a public safety related role.”
Similar to other mock events held on campus, such as the Mock Crime Scene event and Sports Broadcasting Camp, the drill will be highly participative as an experiential learning opportunity. Approximately seventy criminal justice administration majors will have the opportunity to be a part of the exercise and learn alongside professionals who have also chosen a life of service in public safety.
“The Department of Criminal Justice Administration and Social Sciences is strategically staffed with faculty who can provide both academic learning to students as well as incorporate practical experience from their real-world positions in the field,” said Adam Jack, chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration and Social Sciences and current Greene County detective. “We are fortunate to have Criminal Justice Instructor James Tanda leading this exercise. He was previously the supervisory special agent and the team leader of the Special Response Team with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF).”
Other agents from the ATF’s Pittsburgh office, along with Pennsylvania State Police Waynesburg Barracks, Waynesburg Police Department, Greene County Sherriff’s Department, Greene County Emergency Services, Waynesburg Fire Department, Southwest Regional Medical Center and EMS Southwest will be participating in the drill.
“Waynesburg University is fortunate to have strong relationships with the various law enforcement and other agencies participating in the drill and is grateful for their willingness to join the drill,” Tanda said. “This is truly an example of a win-win scenario. Our students have the opportunity to learn while the agencies have an opportunity to practice various protocols and cross-agency communication tactics they have already been trained to do.”
The drill will take place in Buhl Hall and will include the use of two external congregation points outside of the building. Emergency vehicles will be parked in front of Buhl Hall and in the Stover parking lot. There will be several rounds of varying scenarios taking place with learning discussions interspersed between each.
“We want all students and the community to know in advance that this is just a drill in order to avoid concern when there are multiple emergency response vehicles and personnel on campus,” said Mike Humiston, director of Public Safety. “The area will be marked off with tape and signs. We will also be using e2campus, our campus security alert system, to remind students that this is only a drill during the event. We ask that everyone not involved in the drill please go about their normal business and not attempt to become spectators, take photographs or video the drill.”
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