Public Notice: UA to Hold Active Shooter Drill Wednesday

Aug. 12, 2019

Public Notice: UA to Hold Active Shooter Drill Wednesday

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Arizona Police Department and the Critical Incident Response Team will conduct an active shooter training exercise Wednesday evening to test the University's ability and readiness to address emergency situations.

Police officers, UA employees and volunteers will act out an active shooter scenario near Old Main between 4 p.m. and 11 p.m. The scenario will be performed as realistically as possible, including role players made up to look like injured victims, police officers running to the scene, and noise simulating gunfire.

Police officers will be using "blue guns," which are not real weapons and cannot be loaded with ammunition. Signs will be posted around the site to alert people that the activity is a drill and keep people away from the exercise. Staff will support those efforts.

The exercise will be led by UAPD Chief Brian Seastone and Vice Provost for Campus Life Kendal Washington White, co-chairs of the University’s Critical Incident Response Team. The goal of the training is to test skills and decision-making while requiring participants to react swiftly under stress. It also helps prepare incident support staff to react effectively in emergency situations. The event has been planned for more than six months and is not in response to recent tragedies.

University emergency policies and procedures are available at and individuals can register to receive UAlerts at The public alert system will not be used for this drill.

Media contact:
Sgt. Sean Shields
Public Information Officer
Crime Prevention Unit
520-626-8007 (office) | 520-307-1527 (cell)

Chris Sigurdson
University of Arizona
520-626-5620 (office) | 765-404-5959 (cell)

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