Police officers at The University of Southern Mississippi joined forces with other area law enforcement agencies for an active shooter training exercise on Wednesday, July 2 at Pulley Hall on the Hattiesburg campus.
A total of 14 officers and four certified instructors participated in the day-long session. Agencies represented included the Southern Miss Police Department; Forrest General Hospital Police; the Collins Police Department and Camp Shelby Security.
Officially titled the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, the exercise is designed to provide proven tactical training to first responders who will be better equipped to protect their communities and save lives.
“Due to the violent nature of the ‘active shooter’ scenario, there has been a shift from using specialized tactical teams to resolve these violent homicidal acts to the training of first responders – primarily police officers – that gives them the ability to immediately and aggressively respond to the threat,” said Southern Miss Chief of Police Bob Hopkins.
All participants were required to secure their weapons and ammunition before the training exercise commenced. Plastic replicas of handguns were used in the initial stages of the training. A simulation weapon that fires chalk pellets was also used for the scenario portions of the exercise.
University Police encourage members of the Southern Miss community to report any suspicious activity by calling: 601.266.4986.