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Police host assailant training

On Monday, Aug. 4, the Susanville Police Department will be hosting a training exercise on the Lassen High School campus to simulate an active assailant incident, similar to a school shooting. The exercise will begin at approximately 8 a.m. and should conclude no later than 4 p.m. The Susanville Police Department is conducting the training exercise in partnership with several local agencies including the Lassen High School District, Susanville School District, Lassen County Sheriffs Office, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Susanville Fire Department, CalFire, SEMSA, Banner Lassen Medical Center, Mountain Life Flight and Lassen County Public Health.

“The purpose of this training exercise is to promote preparedness in the event of the need for a complex, multi-agency, response to a dynamic and tragic situation like a school shooting. The need to be prepared to respond with allied law enforcement agencies, as well as other first responders, and private sector partners to a realistic multifaceted scenario is critical. Training with our partners and then assessing our strategies and actions to improve upon our overall response is the very definition of preparedness."

During the training exercise all streets and businesses in the area will remain open and unimpeded. The Lassen High School campus, however, will be closed to the public. Only authorized personnel will be allowed to attend or participate in the training. Due to the sensitive nature of the training, and for the safety of all, this training will not be open for public observation.

In the event of an actual emergency of this nature, parents will be instructed on where to respond to receive information and how to be reunited with their children. Responding to the school most likely would not be the best option and would only interfere with public safety operations. The law enforcement partners, in coordination with school officials, would use their mass notification capabilities to notify parents with instructions.

You’re encouraged to update your contact information with school officials on a regular basis.

For more information, call 257-5603.

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