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School District, Police Conduct Shooter Drills

July 24, 2018

Boulder Valley School District employees and Broomfield police conducted active-shooter drills Wednesday.

Broomfield police held active-shooter training at Birch Elementary School and recruited teen and citizen police academy members to help create a realistic situation for responding officers.

Boulder Valley School District posted photos of volunteers getting into macabre makeup mean to mimic gunshot wounds to the leg, chest and head. Those photos later were removed from the district’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Broomfield Police Department sent about 70 officers to the school Wednesday for the agency’s annual Rapid and Immediate Deployment (RAID) training.

Each session was a two hour block of time that included some classroom training and instruction followed by two scenarios that encompassed an active shooter incident, Joleen Reefe, spokeswoman for Broomfield Police Department, said.

RAID was implemented in law enforcement across the county following the Columbine tragedy in 1999.

“Although some of the specifics of the tactics have changed as we adjust to incidents across the country, the main concept remains the same,” she said. “Teams of officers are trained to respond to a critical incident, with their mission being to neutralize the threat.”

Randy Barber, spokesman for Boulder Valley School District, said the district provides buildings during the summer break for Boulder and Broomfield law enforcement agencies to run these types of drills. He was there Tuesday to take training video for the district.

“We’re lucky at the district to have police departments we work with that are on top of their training and thinking through their scenarios,” he said. “It’s highly beneficial to all involved.”

On Wednesday, officers ran through scenarios on their own, but in a few weeks high school staff will go through similar training.

“If something were to happen, and we hope that’s never the case, that we’re ready for that scenario,” Barber said.

During the school year, each school is required to do a fire drill once a month, one lock down, one lock-out an one “shelter in place” drill once a semester, Barber said.

In a few weeks, another training will take place at Broomfield High School that will include school faculty and staff, the police department’s school resource unit, the Public Safety Communications Center and the BVSD Communications Center.

“The scenarios will replicate an active shooter, with an emphasis on the actions to be taken by those that are inside of the building during an active shooter incident,” Reefe said. “This is designed to expand the standard lockdown drills, which are conducted in schools twice a year.”

Broomfield SWAT members were instructors for the training, she said, and each had “roles and responsibilities to create a realistic safe learning environment” for all of the officers. That included 20 residents who have gone through the department’s teen academy an citizen academy.

Reefe said Broomfield has never had a critical incident at any Broomfield schools.

Jennifer Rios: 303-473-1361, riosj@broomfieldenterprise.com or Twitter.com/Jennifer_Rios

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