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CPSO to Conduct Active Shooter Training at SOWELA

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Department to Conduct Active Shooter Training
at SOWELA Technical Community College


The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office will be conducting Active Shooter Training for employees of SOWELA Technical Community College on Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. in the Regional Training Center on the main campus in Lake Charles. The training is open to all SOWELA employees including those at the Jennings – Morgan Smith Campus and the Oakdale Campus, soon to be acquired by the College effective July 1.

Calcasieu Parish Enforcement Commander James McGee will provide a presentation and follow up discussion about what to do in the event an active shooter is found on campus or is encountered in an off-campus setting. McGee has 15 years of experience with the Sheriff’s Department with an emphasis on special operations training and defensive tactics instruction. Deputy McGee will describe the various techniques recommended by law enforcement for self-defense including to “Run, Hide, Fight.”

“The safety and security of all faculty, staff, and students is of utmost importance; therefore, the opportunity to provide this type of training could very well help prevent some future catastrophic event. In this day and age of campus violence, ensuring that all staff are equipped with the information they need to function and survive during the circumstances involved in an active shooter event has become a necessity,” stated Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Chancellor of SOWELA.

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates that empower learners in transfer, career and technical education to excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for 80 years.