Beaumont, CA –In early 2018, the Beaumont Police Department and the Beaumont Unified School District began a partnership to address issues such as: crisis intervention, emergency preparedness, communications strategies, and collaborative training between the Beaumont Police Department, Beaumont Unified School District staff, students and parents, as well as the general public.

In May of 2018, a School Response team was assembled with various representatives from the Beaumont Police Department and the Beaumont Unified School District. This team began meeting on a semi-monthly basis to discuss crisis response and begin coordinating a plan to implement District wide training for staff and students.

In July of 2018, the Beaumont Police Department conducted an active shooter training at one of the Beaumont USD campuses. This event focused on training police officers responding to a school site for an active shooter event.

For the last several months the Beaumont Police Department has conducted school site trainings with District staff at each of the District’s thirteen (13) school campuses in the City.

Today, February 15, 2019, the Beaumont Police Department and the Beaumont Unified School District hosted a “Live” simulated active shooter event, for over 900 school district staff and employees. The purpose of today’s event was to simulate an actual active shooter event occurring on the high school campus; demonstrating lockdown procedures, police response and evacuation protocols. Over 60 students, from Interact Club and the AVID Program also participated in the event, role-playing as students and victims to make the event more realistic. Police personnel also detonated simulated explosives, activated alarms and utilized simulated weapons to provide a realistic training environment for officers and staff members participating in and observing the event.

The goal of today’s exercise was to create a realistic crisis that would open dialogue and further discussions into how District Staff, Employees and the Police Department would respond in a real- world incident, such as this. Today’s event was both eye-opening and informative.

The Beaumont Police Department looks forward to continuing its partnership with the Beaumont Unified School District as we plan future trainings for students, parents and the general public.

Although we cannot train for every eventuality, the opportunity to continue to collaborate and work together to address crisis response with the Beaumont Unified School District will prepare all of our stakeholders for an emergency before it happens.

More information about this program and available trainings, events, etc. will be announced as the information becomes available.


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