Oakland County adds active shooter training sessions for school personnel

Oakland County Homeland Security Division, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, and Oakland Schools have added two more active shooter training sessions for Oakland County teachers and school staff. The additional sessions will be held Friday, Feb. 15, from 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m. at the Oakland Schools Building, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, in Waterford. There are 120 slots for each session.

The training focuses on preparedness and what kind of decisions one may have to make in an active shooter situation.

The active shooter training for Oakland County school personnel is the result of collaboration among Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Sheriff Michael Bouchard, and Oakland Schools Superintendent Dr. Vickie Markavitch. In the days following the Newtown, Conn. mass shooting, Homeland Security Division Manager Ted Quisenberry contacted Oakland Schools about collaborating on large-scale active-shooter training sessions for school personnel in Oakland County.

Teachers and school staff who want to attend a training session should register with Oakland Schools Event Management one day prior to the training session by calling 248-209-2500 or via email at EMRegistration@oakland.k12.mi.us. Oakland County Homeland Security Division recommends that all participants complete a 45-minute online training program prior to the workshop. Event Management will send the link to registered participants.

Oakland County already had an active shooter training program in place. Earlier in 2012, Homeland Security Division and the Sheriff’s Office trained hundreds of county employees as well as hospitals and long-term care facilities on what to do in an active shooter situation.