Officers with the Santa Monica Police Department have been receiving advanced training to deal with active shooters and other critical incidents thanks to a Department of Homeland Security grant. (Photo courtesy SMPD)

Officers with the Santa Monica Police Department have been receiving advanced training to deal with active shooters and other critical incidents thanks to a Department of Homeland Security grant. (Photo courtesy SMPD)

For two months, Santa Monica Police Department officers have been training to respond to a host of critical incidents, including active shooters like the one who went on a rampage through Santa Monica, killing five before being shot and killed at Santa Monica College.

During the months of September through November, the SMPD has used funding from the Department of Homeland Security as part of its Urban Area Security Initiatives.

“While the police response to the June 7, 2013 mass shooting was swift, immediate and effective, the Santa Monica Police Department continues to expand its capability to effectively respond to such incidents,” a news release from the SMPD states. “The joint response by officers from the (SMPD) and the Santa Monica College Police Department on June 7 was based upon a strong history of ‘active shooter’ training involving both agencies.”

Officers from both departments receive ongoing training on the rapid response to an area of gunfire with the focused priority of suppressing deadly behavior instead of just setting up a perimeter and waiting for a SWAT team to arrive.

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