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Davenport University in GR hosts active shooter simulation
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Its something you cant fully prepare for an active shooter inside a school but Friday, the Kent County Sheriff's Department put its training to the test, and went through a drill at Davenport University in Grand Rapids.
Its been in the works for about a year now, but Friday the Kent County Sheriff's Department finally got inside at Davenport University.
Teams went through 3 different scenarios, practicing their response to what what felt like a very real situation: An active shooter gunning down victims inside Davenport University.
For Friday, this is a only a drill. But it's preparing Kent County deputies for the worst.
"We thought it was a good opportunity, not only to work hand in hand with Davenport but also to allow our officers some training time in a building that they may not be familiar with," said Lieutenant Troy Woodwyk.
Lt. Woodwyk says the department practices active shooter drills at least once a year, knowing it's something they must be prepared for.
"Unfortunately we have those type of incidents throughout the country and every time we hear of an incident it just enhances our resolve to train better, train appropriately, get involved with schools, and train our guys to be the best they can, he said.
As for Davenport University, their head of security says it's just as important for staff and students to know what to do as well.
"Being prepared is number one, said security head Shallan Spielmaker. You can't ever think about not being prepared, you should be able to know your exits, know where things are, be aware of your surroundings those are key points that you need to have in order to familiarize yourself and be safe."
This is the 5th Davenport campus in the state to go through this training, preparing for something they hope they never have to deal with.
Now this is obviously good training for police but its also important for you to know what to do if you're ever caught in an active shooter situation.
Lt. Woodwyk told Newschannel 3 that your best bet is to run or, failing that, hide inside a room.
"Lock it, turn everything off, turn the lights off, get out of the way of the window, and silence cellphones and that sort of thing, and hide until the police can come get you out," he said.
The head of security at Davenport told Newschannel 3 that this training is something she believes all universities should do.