Police plan ‘shooter training’ at Aspen schools campus
August 10, 2009
ASPEN – Police may be swarming this weekend on the Aspen School District campus, but don’t worry: It’s a training exercise.
An “active shooter” class will take place Aug. 15 and 16, involving officers from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Aspen, Snowmass Village and Basalt police departments. The two full-day sessions will include classroom training and “live incident” scenarios at Aspen High School.
“Despite living in an area with a low violent crime rate, it is imperative for local law enforcement officers to prepare and train for an active shooter event,” said police Sgt. Mike Tracey in an Aspen Police Department press release explaining the activities.
During the training, officers will conduct building searches and handle situations they encounter.
Authorities want the public to be aware of increased activity at the schools campus this weekend and to adhere to any detours, delays or other safety precautions that may be in place during the exercise.