MP company trains for active shooter scenario
August 5, 2010
FORT RILEY, Kan. - Soldiers with the 300th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion, utilized the Fort Riley Shoot House July 26 to 27, for a realistic training environment in the event of an active shooter situation at Fort Riley.
"An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims," said Capt. Tara West, commander of the 300th MP Co. "Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly."
Following the November 2009 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, the Department of the Army and the Office of the Provost Marshal General identified the need to ensure military police and DA patrolmen were properly trained in the response procedures for an active shooter situation.
"It is imperative that our MP Soldiers train in realistic scenarios to quickly respond to, locate and neutralize an active shooter," West said.
Each team within the company conducted dry runs with no ammunition, and live runs with ammunition during the scenario.
"We utilized paintball-like munitions that can be fired in close quarters' situations to emphasize the realistic nature of the training," West said.
Utilizing the shoot house provides the Soldier with a realistic training environment as the teams move through the multi-room, multi-floor building searching for the subject.
"Soldiers' training and confidence is tested as they are put into an extremely stressful situation," West said. "This realistic training leaves the Soldiers better prepared to patrol the Fort Riley community, and to respond to any situation that may arise."