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Departments combine forces to train for active shooter events

Boca Raton, FL Officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department and the Florida Atlantic University Police Department have been training together since April, 2011 in preparation for an event the both Department's hope will never occur. The training involves on campus active shooter scenarios and will end on Monday, July 11, 2011. The training exercises enable the Boca Raton Police and FAU Police to familiarize themselves with each other and the scenarios also give Boca Raton officers a better understanding of the layout of the campus.

A real-life active shooter event is not a good time for officers to get acquainted with each other and figure out how to attack a problem. It is extremely important that we learn and share common tactics for these dynamic events. said Boca Raton Police Chief Dan Alexander. This innovative training exercise highlights the excellent working relationship between the two departments and the quality of both training staffs.

The Boca Raton Police Department is a crucial partner in any response to an active shooter situation at Florida Atlantic University, said FAU Chief Charles Lowe. Integrating FAUPD officers into this valuable training assures that police officers from both departments will have an increased level of confidence in a joint response scenario. BRPD has proven to be gracious partners and have not hesitated to provide vital assistance to the university. FAUPD is grateful to be able to contribute to and participate in this professional training with our community partners.