ST. BONAVENTURE — An active shooter simulation will cause a campus lockout Wednesday morning, with a lockdown drill being held inside the John J. Murphy Professional Building.
Gary Segrue, director of safety and security at St. Bonaventure University, said the drill is set to begin at roughly 9 a.m. and finish at about 11:30 a.m. During that time, barricades will be posted at all entrances to campus and the public will not be welcome until the drill is complete.
The simulation will test all elements of the university’s active shooter emergency protocol, officials said Thursday at a campus active shooter panel attended by hundreds of students and employees. This includes the emergency communication system, which will alert the university community that the drill has begun and ended.
Officials said the test would include the firing of a starter pistol and other sounds meant to imitate gunfire.
Segrue said a test with as much detail that is planned Wednesday hasn’t been run on the university’s active shooter protocol in roughly seven years. Volunteers will pretend to be gunshot victims and even a mock press conference will be held after the drill wraps up.
“Typically we run a table-top exercise in April every year. But that does us no good unless we test (the entire protocol),” he said. “The basketball team, they don’t get good unless they practice. You can’t just give them a playbook and say, ‘Show up at the game’ and they do well.”
He said it was important that law enforcement agencies at all levels were given a chance to get familiar with the university campus. Officials from the FBI, New York State Police, Cattaraugus County and other local agencies, as well as EMS workers, are set to participate in the drill.
Segrue, a 26-year veteran of state police, said officials began planning the drill about four months ago.
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“You’re going to find in Cattaraugus County that law enforcement works so well together. It was not hard or difficult to get law enforcement together.”
Segrue said St. Bonaventure community members who would like more information about the emergency protocol can consult the plan, which is accessible through the university’s online portal.
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