Contact: Wendel Sloan at 575.562.2253
PORTALES—The Eastern New Mexico University Police Department in conjunction with the Portales Police Department conducted an “Active Shooter/School Shooting” scenario at the Campus Union Building at approximately 8:25 a.m. this morning.
“The mock scenario was an excellent way for Eastern New Mexico University to gain valuable knowledge of its strengths and to identify and address potential weaknesses for correction,” said Brad Mauldin, Chief of the ENMU Police Department.
Sergeant Lisa Smith of the ENMU Police Department played an instrumental role in the planning and execution of the exercise. She also served as the incident commander.
The initial tactical entry team consisted of Lieutenant Mark Cage and Sergeant David Meeks of the Portales Police Department, and Anthony Sanford and Sergeant Ron Baker of the ENMU Police Department. Richard Cage assumed the role of the “School Shooter”.
“We were pleased with the overall outcome of this drill and more are planned for the future. The university is also moving toward training concerning emergency management and specifically ‘Active Shooter/School Shootings’ which not only involves law enforcement, but students, faculty and staff as well,” said Chief Mauldin.
The scenario was followed up with a de-briefing luncheon in the Campus Union Building. Several administrators and representatives from a wide range of departments within the university, as well as the City of Portales, were present to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the exercise.
The Eastern New Mexico University Police Department wanted to extend a special thanks to the Portales Police Department and other departments within E.N.M.U. who supplied personnel for this exercise.
For more information, contact Chief Mauldin at 575.562.2393.