Law enforcement turns South Summit High School into training ground |

Law enforcement turns South Summit High School into training ground

Douglas Greenwood, of the Record Staff

Administrators and faculty from South Summit School District will join police departments and emergency response teams from Summit County, as well as surrounding counties, for a realistic, on-location training exercise Wednesday.

All three South Summit schools will be excused by 11:30 a.m. Beginning at 1:30 p.m., the high school will be used to stage three separate emergency scenarios, which will include active gunmen, shooting only blanks, sweeping through the school in response to each situation. Teams will use South Summit Middle and Elementary schools as bases of operations for the training.

About 10 law-enforcement agencies from Summit, Wasatch, Salt Lake, Duschesne and Utah counties will use the exercise to focus on taking quick, safe and effective actions in emergency situations, including response to disasters and violent acts.

Before the exercise, police and deputies will sweep the school to ensure no weapons of any kind are on the campus. Officers will set up a perimeter around the school and only one door will be used for entrance and exit. Every participant will go through a security checkpoint to ensure no one brings any type of weapon into the school, said Ron Bridge of the Summit County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies went door-to-door in the neighborhood to inform residents of the event, Bridge said. Every student brought a notice home for his or her parents and the Summit County Sheriff’s Department sent out a reverse 9-1-1 message to all land-lines and registered cell phones in the community.

The road in front of the high school will be closed for the exercise, Bridge said, but local traffic should not be impacted beyond that. The training will also not affect patrolling deputies and officers in the county.

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"We will not interrupt normal day-to-day business at the Sheriff’s Office," he said.

More than 150 district personnel, faculty members and students will aid in the training by acting as though school is in session to increase realism.

While participation was not required for teachers, many will be present at least to observe, said South Summit Superintendent Barry Walker. Students wishing to take part were required to submit a parental-consent form.