The Department collaborates with ACU PD, HSU PD, DPS, and TCSO to conduct an annual active shooter exercise. This year's exercise was completed in May at the ACU campus. Lessons learned in training are incorporated into field operations, with the hope that all LE agencies can work together to resolve these complex events.
It is important to remember that these offenses are lose-lose. First, the offense was not prevented, so the community is frequently scrutinized for perceived inaction. Secondly, violence has likely already occurred when law enforcement receives the initial calls, so the loss of life is a grave possibility.
Officers are taught to assess these offenses while they are en-route. Upon arrival, they will have to make a decision on whether to enter or set up containment. Many factors drive those decisions. Fortunately, all APD Officers are acutely aware of those factors and will respond appropriately. Additionally, officers have been issued bail out bags that contain medical equipment and additional law enforcement items that will be critical to mission success. The Department also has an active patrol rifle program, so at any given time officers have the ability to respond with shoulder-fired weapons. All of these factors are designed to mitigate the loss of life and help safeguard this community.
Police Administration is consulting with local cinemas to address any security concerns.
No community is ever prepared for the sudden, tragic loss of life. Our prayers are with the families in Colorado.
Thank you, Chief Standridge