University, City Police Officers Train Together


University, City Police Officers Train Together
University and Pomona Police Department officers participate in a joint training at Cal Poly Pomona.
The officers used soap bullets during the training.

The bullets may have been made of soap, but the guns were real during a joint-tactical police training at Cal Poly Pomona.

University and Pomona Police Department officers participated in an “active shooter” training scenario during the week of June 18. The training took place in a College of Environmental Design laboratory.

In the aftermath of the shootings at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech and with the ongoing threat of terrorism, traditional law enforcement practices have been re-examined, and several policy and training changes have been implemented, says university police Lt. Dan Ponder.

Instead of being taught to wait for a SWAT team to arrive, local officers are receiving training that emphasizes taking immediate action during incidents that clearly involve suspects' use of deadly force. The objective is to rapidly stop the threat and save as many innocent lives as possible.

During an “active shooter” situation, officers from different agencies who may have never worked together before, will likely need to form small teams consisting of anywhere from two and six members. Each member of the team has clearly defined assignments to perform.

The State University Police Department and Pomona Police Department wish to express their thanks to Associate Dean of the College of Environmental Design Noel Vernon, for allowing them to utilize the lab to conduct the training.