TRENTON, Mo.– Several law enforcement agencies will be teaming up at North Central Missouri College Friday to conduct an Active Shooter Drill with faculty. This drill will open enhance preparedness and put plans in place regarding appropriate tactics in the instance of an active shooter on campus.
Click play below to listen to KMZU’s Elizabeth Orosco speak with Lenny Klaver, president of North Central Missouri College.
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Click play below to listen to KMZU’s Elizabeth Orosco speak with Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright.
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Agencies participating include Grundy County Emergency Management, Trenton Fire Department, Grundy County Ambulance, Trenton Police Department, Grundy County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency.
Lenny Klaver, North Central Missouri College president, said it’s important to be prepared for an event of this caliber, and this drill will help the college reach that goal.
“We want to do the best we can in terms of our emergency communication systems, how we manage a crisis, how we communicate with law enforcement and the media during these things, it’s very important we do the best we can to prepare in case something does happen, and we hope it never does.”
Klaver says the college has been working on a crisis communication document this summer to address communication systems, announcements, lockdowns, and how to work with local law enforcement
“It is so we can be prepared to react in a way that will best protect the safety and well-being of everyone on campus.”
Trenton Police Chief Tommy Wright will be participating in the event with his department, and says this will also benefit emergency responders, as well, if this event does take place.
“It gives us, as emergency responders, the opportunity to be prepared and to be able to have someone to critique our actions and make sure we are prepared,” said Wright.
He says each agency will have different objectives and goals to accomplish, and this event will allow each agency to see areas that can be improved. He adds the goal is not only to protect those on campus, but the entire surrounding community.
“It’s not only going to help promote student safety and faculty safety, but community safety as well. Our college is located centrally downtown, and we want to be able to see how we can improve and ensure the entire community as a whole is protected. Everyone in that college is important to us and their loved ones, so we want to make sure we are doing the right thing.”
Chief Wright says the streets immediately surrounding the college will be closed for emergency vehicles during the training, so people should try and avoid the area if possible.