The Colorado National Guard, with the assistance of Arapahoe County, Colorado law enforcement authorities will be training to counter active threats August 6 from 7:00 am to 4 pm.
The exercise will test, rehearse and evaluate Colorado State military installation emergency response procedures, and serve as a training mechanism for all involved. By testing these organizations before a real-world event, the installation can mitigate issues before an actual emergency.
Training will include coordination with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, and anyone working or traveling in the local area may witness higher-than-normal law enforcement presence, and hear small explosions in the immediate area from the use of blank ammunition from small-arms fire.
"We’re examining our measures to ensure safety for our service members and our visitors," said Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, commander of the Colorado National Guard and executive director of the Colorado Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. "We’re also examining our security protocols to assess where we need to make improvements, whether in practices or physical security."
The announcement said, “An active threat is defined as one or more people actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, there is no pattern or method to a perpetrator’s selection of victims.”
Active threat situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the threat and mitigate harm to victims.
"It’s important that our Guardsmen and state employees are trained and prepared to respond appropriately in the case of a life-threatening event in the workplace," Edwards said.
“This training is adding a level of personnel preparedness, and is not in response to any heightened threat level or direct threat to any person or property,” the announcement stated.
This active-threat exercise is the second of several pre-planned, recurring training iterations to ensure that service members and civilian employees are empowered to respond properly in case of a real threat to the installation and/or its staff.
The Guard emphasized that, “This exercise was not prompted by any recent events, but it does implement lessons learned from previous tragedies.”
The Colorado National Guard’s first exercise took place at this location May 30-31.