ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) — If you see a lot of law enforcement around the MetroLINK Operations and Maintenance Center on Wednesday morning don’t be alarmed, it’s only a drill.
An active shooter drill is planned for Wednesday, September 21, at 10:30 a.m. MetroLINK, the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Service Team and WIU-QC’s Law Enforcement and Justice Administration students are teaming up to conduct a bus active shooter drill at the MetroLINK Operations and Maintenance Center.
Officials say the goal of the exercise is to simulate an incident and response on a Metro bus. The “active shooter” simulation has been planned for months and is the first conducted on a Metro public transit bus.
“Public safety anywhere in Rock Island County is the highest priority for the Sheriff’s Office and we are honored to assist MetroLINK in training for incidents that hopefully never happen”, says Sheriff Gerald L. Bustos.
“As a public agency who transports thousands of people every day, we believe these types of practices are crucial in preparing for an active shooter incident”, says Jennifer Garrity, Manager of Administration for MetroLINK.
“Our highest priority is the safety of our passengers, our employees, and the general public, and through this exercise law enforcement will better understand how to approach and manage a situation on a public transit bus.”
Students from WIU-QC Law Enforcement and Justice Administration program will serve as mock passengers during the drill.
MetroLINK coordinates annual disaster and active shooter response activities partnering with a variety of community and law enforcement agencies on an annual basis. The purpose of these exercises is to improve transit security awareness with local law enforcement.
The event is not open to the public.