HEMET – The Hemet Unified School District awarded several members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department with Good Apple Awards for their work in training over 200 district staff members about how to handle active shooter scenarios, Oct. 2-3, at Tahquitz High School, including Capt. Leonard Purvis, Deputy Pete Lawson, Deputy Chris Waters, Deputy Scott Larsen and. K-9 Deputy Roscoe.
An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and have no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.
The sheriff’s department in partnership with the school district aimed to enhance preparedness through a “whole community” approach by providing products, tools and resources to help district staff prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident.
The staff members in attendance ranged from custodial, office staff, maintenance, campus security and management.