The Clarkson Police Department partnered with Grayson County Emergency Management and the Veterans Police Department this week to host an active shooter drill and tabletop exercise at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Clinic in Clarkson.
Clarkson Police Chief Buck Meredith said he and Clarkson Police Officer Rick Clemons, as well as Grayson County Emergency Management Supervisor Ernie Perkins spoke to the staff of the VA Clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 27 about what to expect in the scenario of an active shooter, as well as the roles of law enforcement and emergency personnel.
“It seemed to be a very informative class,” Meredith said.
The Veterans Police Department, consisting of sworn police officers with jurisdiction over veterans properties, also participated in the drill and coordinated the exercise with Clarkson Police Department and Emergency Management personnel, according to Meredith.
“I think it’s very important that the Clarkson Police Department works hand-in-hand with the Veterans Police Department,” said Meredith, explaining that the local VA Clinic is a busy facility with many individuals coming and going. “It was very good to see what the Veterans Police Department expected from us and for them to see what we expected from them. We look forward to working with the Veterans Police Department in the future.”
Perkins, who spoke on ways for staff members to prepare themselves for such a scenario, said numerous businesses, manufacturers, and facilities are starting to either update or formulate their action plans and procedures.
“I think it’s great…that all facilities have a plan in place, and all employees know how to react,” Perkins said.
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