A pair of Wilson County schools will serve as the site for a full-scale active shooter training exercise on Tuesday to test how well local emergency responders and school resources can work together to handle and recover from a tragic incident.
Coordinated by the Mt. Juliet Police Department, the exercise will include the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, Wilson County Sheriff's Department school resource officers, Wilson County Schools and Mt. Juliet Fire Department. Prior to next week's training exercise, the participating agencies have been participating in workshops and tabletop drills. Following the exercise, the agencies will hold an additional workshop to address any shortcomings that may be discovered.
"We hope that we never have to respond to such a tragedy in our community, but if we have to, I want to ensure that our emergency responders have the necessary training so they can provide the best response," MJPD Chief James Hambrick said.
The training exercise will take place on June 2 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at an undisclosed building on the campus of Mt. Juliet Middle School and/or Elzie Patton Elementary School. As students will be out of school, classes will not be affected. Only those involved in the exercise will have access to the areas near the two schools, and Woodridge Place will be closed to traffic during the event.
According to a statement released by the MJPD, the risk of having such an incident at a Mt. Juliet school is "low, but the training will provide an opportunity for everyone involved to practice their response to be better prepared."