It's a scenario that police hope they never have to respond to. But APD and ACUPD were out practicing drills in case of a shooting on campus.
"It is intended to give us a broad overview of active shooter responses, inter-agency cooperation, inter-agency radio communication," said ACU Chief of Police Jimmy Ellison.
It's an annual event, using training and communication to help amp up readiness in case of an emergency.
"We want the training, first response and then we want to test our capability to interact and operate with the other responding agencies," said Chief Ellison.
And it's the type of scenario that helps APD, ACUPD and other response agencies evaluate how they react to these types of threats.
"it provides realism. The scenarios go through different facets of tactical operation. And if we have a threat within that environment, how are we going to react and make sure things are effective," said officer Spindler.
The realism of the situation is what makes it such an effective training tool.
"The scenarios will allow the officers to really apply all of their skills, their knowledge, and their abilities that they've learned over the past year into these realistic scenarios," officer Spindler said.
At the end of the day, all response agencies are looking to see where they did well, and how to fix the gaps for real-life emergencies.
"This was an evaluation exercise to see how the training is applied in a realistic scenario today. So they'll look at the gaps, some of the areas that need improvements," officer Spindler said. "And to focus on the strengths so that we continue to train and maximize our ability to counter a threat."