Police in York County conduct active shooter drills

Security officers from HACC and members of the York City Police Department joined forces Friday, May 17, 2013, for an active shooter exercise at HACC's York Campus. The exercise brought together more than 30 officers from the two departments. Organizing the training are from left, HACC Interim Security Director Edwin Dominguez, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley, York Police Capt. Ron Camacho and Interim Assistant Director of Security for HACC's York Campus, Oriali Rivera.

Security officers from HACC and members of the York City Police Department joined forces Friday, May 17, 2013, for an active shooter exercise at HACC’s York Campus. Organizing the training are from left, HACC Interim Security Director Edwin Dominguez, York City Police Chief Wes Kahley, York Police Capt. Ron Camacho and Interim Assistant Director of Security for HACC’s York Campus, Oriali Rivera. PHOTO SUBMITTED

Several police departments took part in active shooter drills in an effort to be prepared should any such incident take place at schools within their jurisdictions.

Security officers from Harrisburg Area Community College’s York campus and members of the York City Police Departmentconducted an active shooter drill Friday at the George M. Leader Building at HACC’s York Campus, according to a news release.

The exercise, coordinated and led by York City Police Captain Ron Camacho, brought together more than 30 officers from the two departments. Camacho also is the commander of York County Quick Response Team and a senior police training associate for International Police Training and Consulting Services, based in Tempe, Ariz, the release states.

“We are partners in ensuring the safety of the campus,” Edwin Dominguez, HACC’s interim security director said in the news release. “In the event of a crisis, the York City Police Department has jurisdiction. Establishing guidelines for protocol during emergency situations allows the two teams to work together as a seamless operation.”

The all-day training included opening remarks by York City Police Chief Wes Kahley, classroom instruction and the active shooter exercise. Because the campus is closed on Friday’s during the summer, there were no students of faculty present.

“Taking the steps to work together before a major incident occurs ensures that the stage is set for success,” Kahley said in the news release.

An active shooter exercise was also was conducted at Central York High School in Springettsbury Township. It involved officers from the township, Northern York Regional Police, Hellam Township Police, Spring Garden Township Police and York Area Regional Police, as well as  dispatch personnel  from York County 911, according to a news release.

The exercise focused on coordinated response and communication issues. Springettsbury Police Chief Thomas Hyers described the exercise as an overall success. He also stressed that exercises of this type highlight the need for law enforcement agencies to continue to actively train together to address the potential need for a coordinated response to a major critical incident anywhere in the region.

About Rebecca LeFever

Rebecca LeFever is the health reporter with a religion sub beat at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow her on Twitter @ralefever or on Facebook at facebook.com/ralefever.
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