Active Shooter Training for Maui Schools
With the rise of Active Attacks across the United States, the School Resource Officers (SRO) of the Maui Police Department (MPD) in partnership with Maui’s Department of Education (DOE) have put together a series of presentations on strategies to assist our schools in protecting our children during an Active Attack. The most effective way to train staff to respond to an Active Attack is to conduct mock “active shooter training exercises”.
The first presentation took place on October 4th, 2019 at Baldwin High School. There were 131 participants from the high school which included teachers, administrators, security officers, custodians, and cafeteria workers.
The day started with a table top exercise led by Vice Principal Karen WALKER. WALKER was an attendee of the recent table top training facilitated by the Maui Police Department and provided by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. This training was open to MPD, school administrators, hotel security directors, and the Red Cross. A table top exercise is a meeting to discuss a simulated emergency situation. Members of the campus reviewed and discussed the actions they would take in a particular emergency, testing their plan in an informal, low stress environment. The goal was to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their responses.
The second portion of the day was the Civilian Response to an Active Shooter Events (CRASE) presentation by Baldwin High School Resource Officer Nephi LAGA. The goal of this presentation was to provide strategies and guidance for surviving an Active Attack Event based on the premise of Avoid, Deny, and Defend (ADD).
During the final phase of the training participants took part in a practical exercise utilizing three scenarios involving an Active Attack. They were first guided through the scenarios and walked through the drill. This allowed the participants to reflect and utilize what they learned from the ADD presentation in a controlled manner prior to the mock exercise. The goal was to empower DOE faculty and staff to be successful in the live scenarios.
The SROs are planning to provide this training for other Maui schools.