PLAINFIELD — The police department here took full advantage of fall break this week by using Plainfield Community Middle School’s facilities to hold a training activity.
The department orchestrated a workplace shooting scenario in conjunction with Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
The drill began with a suspect entering the school and being buzzed into the main office. Once there, he got into an argument with a school employee that he had had a relationship with, and then simulated shooting her.
“This scenario is a domestic situation,” Plainfield Police Department Chief Darel Krieger said. “We are mandated by CALEA, our accreditation body, to do some sort of training once a year. Then we have to show proof of the training.”
CALEA is the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The purpose of the agency is to improve the delivery of public safety services.
The entire scenario was recorded and videotaped so the department could learn as much as possible from the drill.
“The recording also helps us debrief, so we can see how we could have done things better,” Krieger said.
Krieger is completing his first year as chief of police for Plainfield. He took the helm on Black Friday in 2012.
“When we do a scenario like this, we play it as normal as we can,” he said. “When we get a call for a shooting like this, the next call is for the captain of the uniform division for advice. If that person determines we need to send out SWAT, he will call myself or Major Weber to give the okay.”
PPD Maj. Carri Weber is the assistant police chief.
“In this case, Major Weber got the call and responded,” Krieger said. “It takes a while, which is one of the drawbacks. In some of the big departments they can have a team on duty at all times.”