ASC Police Department updates skills

(04-14-2010)

The entire Adams State College Police Department staff spent Spring Break learning new strategies for intervention in armed confrontations, said ASC Police Chief Joel Shults.

ASC police officers taking part in training exercises.

ASC police officers taking part in training exercises.

ASCPD officers worked in teams with other agencies, including deputies from the Alamosa County Sheriff's Office, to plan responses to active shooting scenarios. Specially equipped training firearms added realism to the exercises to simulate some of the stresses under which officers must operate in the chaos of an attack on students. This is the second training experience in active shooter response for ASCPD and is part of ongoing education in emergency operations for the department.

After two days of active shooter training, ASCPD cooperated with the Alamosa Police Department in reviewing Use of Force policies and utilizing a state of the art firearms simulator. The simulator projects real life situations on screen, and officers must react with verbal commands while making decisions on use of force. Officers must choose whether to use an electronic control device, chemical defense spray, firearms, or mere verbal commands to respond under stress. The simulator is located in a specially equipped room at the San Luis Valley Law Enforcement Training Center.

ASCPD Officers also completed training on sexual assault investigation and protocols with a representative of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) team. An update on victim rights laws and policy was given by the sheriff's department victim advocate unit. Officers are completing recertification on emergency medical care and on defense tactics in the coming weeks.