To further the Scottsdale Police Department’s goal of developing safer neighborhoods through community partnerships and participation, the department recently spearheaded a training effort that considered contemporary and tragic events that have been occurring on a national level. With the understanding that an effective, collaborative response to incidents such as mass shootings and workplace violence is critical, the Scottsdale Police Department teamed up with the Scottsdale Fire Department, the Walmart Corporation, and Honor Healthcare’s Government and Community Partnership Office to plan, facilitate and engage in a reality-based training scenario.
On January 24th, 2018, A Walmart Supercenter in Scottsdale, Ariz., served as the backdrop for a “Crime in Progress Reality Based” training exercise. The exercise consisted of on-duty patrol and detective elements being called for an “active shooter” crime in progress incident involving multiple suspects. A section of the store was closed to patrons while 43 police officers, 12 firefighters (Warm Zone Training), 3 Honor Health employees and 28 Walmart AP and Operations Associates participated in the training.
The training scenarios consisted of responding to an active shooter situation, treating numerous injured patients and dealing with a large crime scene. One scenario was run three separate times and each training session involved a different set of responding officers, dispatchers, fire personnel, and Walmart Asset Protection Associates. Scottsdale Police and Fire departments worked in partnership in a unified command presence, to coordinate a methodical clearing of the building while initiating a rapid triage, treatment and removal of participants that were involved in the drill.
Extensive planning for the training was coordinated by Scottsdale Police and Walmart AP (both local and HQ) to ensure both the general public and Walmart associates understood the “training nature” of this event as to not cause unwarranted concerns. Due to this extensive planning and communication effort, the training exercise was highly successful.
With Walmart’s continual efforts to further develop and enhance relationships with local first responders nationwide, this first of its kind large scale training exercise was authorized by Walmart’s highest levels of leadership in both Asset Protection and Store Operations.
The lessons learned and the experience gained were found to be essential in refining a collaborative approach to saving lives and threat mitigation. We look forward to continuing this valuable working relationship with our partners in the future as we seek to practice excellence in all public safety efforts.
For further information on the planning and execution of this training, please contact:
Scottsdale Police Department
Sergeant Ben Hoster
Scottsdale Police PIO
Michael Mirand, LPC
Senior Asset Protection Manager
Dual Market MAPM 372/373