If you see an unusually large number of law enforcement officers and hear what sounds like gunfire on the VCU Monroe Campus on Thursday, August 3rd don’t panic.
VCU Police Department along with Richmond Police Department, Virginia State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be conducting an active shooter training exercise from 9 AM to 2 PM. They conducted a similar exercise last year.
“Last year we had the opportunity to work with Richmond Police and this year we’re broadening the scope to include more of our public safety partners,” said VCU Police Chief John Venuti. “These officers, troopers and agents are the people who would be here to help the university in a crisis situation, and this a valuable opportunity to practice our responses side-by-side.”
Police will use multiple communications, including a mass mail to the VCU community and social media posts, in advance of the exercise to increase awareness. Exercises will take place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- The University Student Commons, including restaurants, will be closed to the public during the training and will reopen at 3 p.m.; the area will be clearly marked with signs. Security officers will be on-site to answer questions and direct pedestrian traffic.
- Parking restrictions will be in place on the 900 block of West Main Street.
- North Cherry Street, between Floyd Avenue and West Main Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic.
- There will be a heavy police presence in the area.
The VCU community is encouraged to be familiar with the “Run. Hide. Fight.” method of personal protection for active shooter threats. Active shooter safety information and an educational video on “Run. Hide. Fight.” is available on the VCU Police website.