Northern Illinois University Police, along with Illinois State Police, will conduct active shooter training at Lincoln Hall on Tuesday, March 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
People can expect to see numerous police vehicles in the Lincoln Hall Service Drive, as well as tactically-geared officers on occasion throughout the day. No live weapons will be used. Most weapons seen will either be blue or orange, indicating training weapons.
“It is imperative that our police officers receive hands-on training outside of the classroom experience,” says NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips. “By combining resources and the collective first responder experiences at the local, state and national level, we are better prepared to effectively respond and mitigate real-world crisis situations when it matters the most.”
The exercise will be similar to the full scale exercise that took place in May, 2014, but on a smaller scale. Simunitions, training rounds that sound similar to real ammunition, may possibly be heard from outside the building during the exercise.
Approximately five NIU officers will be on scene and available to alleviate any public concerns that may present themselves unexpectedly.