COLUMBIA, Mo. - Multiple law enforcement agencies will be conducting an active shooter event simulation Wednesday, in order to evaluate how they would react to such a call if it were to happen in Columbia.
The simulation will take place from 6 to 9 p.m., and road closures in the area will be in place from 5 to 10 p.m. For a map of the road closures, click here.
The Columbia Police Department, Fire Department and University of Missouri Ambulance Service will be taking part in the simulation, which aims to be as real as possible.
Drivers in the area should expect to see a large police presence in the area around College Avenue and Broadway, but officers remind the public that it is just an exercise.
According to a statement released by CPD, the departments hope to test their performance across multiple facets:
- Evaluate local response agencies' ability to establish initial command and coordinate on-site incident management operations during an active assailant incident.
- Evaluate local response agencies' ability to establish multi-agency communications and interoperability during an active assailant incident.
- Evaluate local response agencies' ability to effectively triage, treat and transport all people in need within the affected area during an active assailant incident.
- Evaluate local response agencies' ability to develop and deliver coordinated information to the whole community, including the public, the media, incident management and responders across agencies and disciplines effectively during an active assailant incident."