USFSP Police, St. Pete Police, St. Pete Fire Rescue Host Table Top Exercise

A photo of officials from USF St. Petersburg Police, St. Petersburg Police, and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue gathered around a table for a table time exercise and discussion

Officials from USF St. Petersburg Police, St. Petersburg Police, and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue meet for an active shooter table top exercise at USFSP.

Officials from the USF St. Petersburg University Police Department, St. Petersburg Police Department and St. Petersburg Fire Rescue hosted an active shooter table top exercise at USFSP on Aug. 16. More than 20 officials participated in the event, which is designed to ensure a level of preparedness for an interagency response should the university ever confront an emergency or active shooter situation at the campus.

“One of the main reasons we hosted this exercise at USFSP was to re-familiarize our public safety partners with our campus and to update our response roles,” said University Police Chief David Hendry, who pointed to the university’s ongoing campus expansion and construction as some of the changes to the campus. Hendry said the group discussed questions surrounding topics like emergency response and leadership, police communications, public information, dispatch, and fire response for medical needs in an active area.

“We’re all going to be working together to respond to any emergency,” he said, “so it’s prudent that we come together and talk to make sure we all understand our mutual roles and how we can best work together to provide the highest level of response.”