The Arizona Department of Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, and the Arizona Department of Health Services, coordinated an active shooter training event for Arizona school officials. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Diane Douglas, opened the event.
“We have all seen the devastating impact to students, parents, schools and communities that have experienced school shooter tragedies,” said Douglas. “Thankfully, we have not had a mass school shooting in Arizona.
“We must still remain vigilant. I am encouraged that so many of our school, law enforcement and healthcare leaders from across our state came together to be better prepared, and hopefully even find ways to prevent such an event.”
More than 150 participants from across the state attended including, school superintendents, police chiefs, firefighters, psychologists, tribal leaders, public health and hospital staff and the Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety Colonel Frank Milstead. The event included a two-hour, superintendent-level training focused on active shooter and mass-casualty events, followed by law enforcement current affairs briefing, behavioral health aspects of school shootings and an open discussion.