WAUKEE, Iowa – The Waukee Police Department is making an effort this summer to equip public employees of the city with the tools to navigate an active shooter situation.
“Just based on society and what’s going on, we thought it would be a good idea to train public employees on the options they have in case of an active shooter or an active threat,” said Sgt. Scott Cunningham of the Waukee Police Department.
Active shooter training isn’t a new concept for law enforcement, but training public employees is for the city. Organizers say it’s one of the initiatives set forth from new administration to keep the community proactive. The program was held at the Waukee Public Works building Friday. Previously the department has trained employees at the city hall and public library buildings.
The training program consisted of a video demonstration and discussion of armed shooter incidents such as Columbine, followed by a brief shooter scenario, with a fake gunman and volunteers acting as victims. Employees watched the process play out at the end of the hall.
Organizers hope to conduct additional training sessions in the future.