Manchester, law enforcement plan training exercise

Manchester University Office of University Safety and local law enforcement are planning an active shooter training exercise on the North Manchester campus from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 4.

“This is designed to help University Safety personnel and area first responders keep our community safe. Nothing we do is more important,” said Tina Edwards, University Safety director.

Those on or near campus can expect “shots-fired” sound effects, uniformed officers and a number of emergency vehicles. This live-action exercise will involve use of training weapons, which resemble real weapons, and pretend victims receiving treatment by real first responders. The intention is for this to be as realistic as possible.

We are spreading the word ahead of time, so that no one is caught off guard by this training. We are advising members of the Manchester community to simply avoid being on campus during the training unless they have a role in it.

Those who are on campus will be expected to follow orders by first responders and Manchester safety officers, so we are encouraging everyone to leave campus by 5:30 p.m. Anyone who needs to be on campus after 5:30 p.m. should park their vehicle in the Schwalm Hall parking lot.

Do not enter any buildings where the training is taking place.

The University is contacting nearby residents and will post signs at the four corners of campus alerting drivers about this training. We are also posting advance notice on social media and our website.

May 2018