Law enforcement and security agencies conduct simulation training to prepare for the worst

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Every day, law enforcement and security agencies work to protect others and themselves.

That’s why on Friday, teams ran emergency simulations to prepare for some of the worst-case scenarios.

Law enforcement, firefighters and military personnel came together to undergo a number of emergency trainings.

“We had a mock explosion in a classroom, with one person shot,” said David Chapman, administrative lieutenant and K-9 unit commander. “Firefighters performed a search and rescue on this person, just to have this experience with something a little different.”

There were also formations where K-9s and their handlers searched for explosives.

“So a bomb threat is very, I don’t want to say common, but it could definitely happen in a school, in a school setting,” said Taylor Jensen, a master police officer, bomb commander and manager. of K-9.

Another drill involved not just responding to casualties, but responding to themselves, where they helped simulate a K-9 injury.

“Oh man, that was very stressful,” Jensen said. “And that’s also the problem, when these things happen it’s going to be a very stressful situation, so it’s good to work through them so that you’re calmer on the pitch as you get more training and training. experience.”

Jensen was a big advocate for introducing this specific drill into this year’s emergency simulation.

“Medical training, I think we can always do better and always get more training,” Jensen said. “It’s something I want to master, and because when things happen on the pitch, I won’t have that vet with me at all times, so I have to do some of these medical things on the pitch.”

“If you go in without doing something like that, you have no experience, it’s chaotic, to start with, whether you have experience or not, but going in without any, you cause a lot of problems,” said Chapman.

The Minot Police Department is also getting a new K-9 who will be trained in narcotics detection and people searching.

“You end up with violent events and the dog will be used to find those offenders,” Chapman said. “It will also be used if a business is broken into and it adds a layer of security for officers responding.”

The new K-9 for the department will be funded from outside sources.

If you are interested in donating for the cost of the new K-9, training, and new equipment, you can call the Minot PD non-emergency line at 701-852-0111 and ask for Chapman.

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