CSULB to hold active-shooter training with simulated gunfire, victims

People around Cal State Long Beach may hear simulated gunfire during an active-shooter response training at the campus on Friday, Aug. 9, between 9 and 11 a.m., officials warned.

The training will bring together multiple agencies, including the University Police Department, Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach Fire Department and Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center.

Similar to a recent training at Long Beach City College, there will be staged victims with fake blood and injuries, a news release said. Officers will also use non-lethal training ammunition that will sounds like cap guns.

“If in the area, do not be alarmed or call the police,” officials said. “As the campus prepares for a new school year, University Police is taking a proactive approach to increase the safety of all students, faculty and staff.”

The training will primarily be focused in and around the University Student Union, which will be closed to the public until about 11 a.m.

There will also be activity along the west campus turnaround and the north lawn of the student union. Areas will be marked with caution tape, signage or uniformed personnel, police said.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.