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Mass casualty exercise to take place Aug. 9

Published August 2, 2019

The sights and sounds will appear real, but the multi-agency active shooter and mass casualty event taking place Aug. 9 on the Cal State Long Beach campus is only a drill. The University Police Department is taking a pro-active approach to increase the safety of students, faculty and staff.

The exercise, which will have “live-fire” simulation training, will occur from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the University Student Union, the west campus turnaround and the lawn north of the student union. Restricted areas will be marked clearly. View campus map here.

Officers will use non-lethal training ammunition that might sound like cap guns when fired. There also will be victims with simulated injuries and blood.

The drill will allow Student Health Services, university officials and UPD to better prepare for training and protocol in the event of a major emergency on campus. The police department is taking a pro-active approach to increasing the safety of all students, faculty and staff.

The training is not open to the public, however, should anyone have concerns, please call 562.985.4896. For media inquiries please contact Capt. Richard Goodwin at 562.985.2302.