Shots were fired in Davidson Hall on June 26.
Law enforcement swept into the building yelling “clear” as they moved from room to room. Suddenly a masked man ran into the hallway and was wounded by an officer’s bullet. On the hallway floor, the masked man shouted at the officers and reached for his gun. The law enforcement team needed to make a quick decision.
Though this was a training scenario using paint rounds, when there is an active shooter on a school campus, in a mall or other locations, the response by law enforcement must be immediate and practiced. Between June 25 and 26 the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) at Texas State University hosted a free training for armed law enforcement and public safety personal on Corban University’s Salem campus. The training included classroom work and culminated in force-on-force scenarios.
“Corban has a unique environment that lends itself to a variety of training scenarios,” said Mike Roth, Corban’s director of security. “We have enclosed classrooms and buildings as well as open spaces that can mirror what officers may encounter in other public places.”
Though more than 40,000 people have participated in the active shooter training by ALERRT Texas State, this is the first time the course has been offered in Oregon, said Diana Hendricks, the agency’s director of communications. Approximately 30 people attended the training from 15 agencies.
Corban is currently reviewing its own policies regarding armed personnel on campus and Roth, a former police officer, said this training will help him better understand and react to potentially deadly situations on Corban’s campus.
“In reality, Corban is a small city,” he said. “Our employees and campus security will be the first ones there. It’s important not only for us, but for all university’s and schools with a student body to have a rapid response protocol in place and to practice it.”