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Tyler Junior College to Hold ‘Active Shooter Training’

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Just days after shootout in College Station, the Tyler Junior College Campus police and the FBI are planning to hold a drill Wednesday (Aug. 15) that simulates a gunman on campus.

Preparation for the training will begin with pre-training meetings at 8:30 a.m. Live scenarios will commence at approximately 9:30 a.m. Training is expected to conclude during the noon hour.

The training will involve an active gunman and responding Campus Police officers.

Active shooter training involves realistic scenarios and the use of simulated ammunition. The “simunition” training rounds are approved by the National Tactical Officers Association. The rounds sound similar to real bullets being fired but use crayon-like material to show where they land and can be washed away. Staff will be responsible for cleaning the area after each training exercise.

No students, faculty or staff will be involved in the training scenarios.

Campus Police have been assisted previously by FBI officers with presentations on active shooter scenarios and all current officers have received some level of training. However, this will be the first time for FBI officers to lead TJCCampus Police in active shooter training scenarios on campus.

Chief Randy Melton said the training was scheduled several months ago as part of the TJC Campus Police department’s regular professional development training and is not in response to Monday’s shooting near the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

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