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UPD to hold training event May 14

The South Dakota State University Police Department will hold a mass casualty training exercise Tuesday in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center on campus.

The training, which trains every member who responds to a mass casualty incident on their role in a major incident, is scheduled to run from 5 to 10 p.m. The exercise is scheduled to include law enforcement personnel from the Brookings Police Department, the Brookings County Sheriff’s Office, Brookings Hospital/EMS, Brookings Fire Department and the South Dakota Highway Patrol. In addition, there will be various individuals playing various roles.

In charge of the event are UPD Chief Tim Heaton; Sgt. Jon Anderson, UPD; and Lt. Terry Coon, Brookings Police Department.

UPD has been conducting active threat response trainings on campus since 2005. In addition, UPD attends or assists instructing active threat response trainings held in the city and county of Brookings several times each year.

As with previous trainings, expect to see numerous law enforcement personnel on campus. Signs will be posted that a training session is taking place.

UPD is the only university police department in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming to have earned accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.