The has a message this morning for residents in Storrs-Mansfield: don’t be unduly alarmed. A large police presence on the UConn Storrs campus Monday is simply a simulated training exercise being conducted by local law enforcement agencies.
The four-day series of drills is designed to prepare police and emergency response personnel to respond to a simulated "active shooter" incident, according to the university’s police department.
This particular exercise has been scheduled since late spring and is “part of the UConn Police Department’s commitment to ongoing training to best ensure the safety of the campus community, its public safety personnel and guests,” according to a university press release.
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The emergency training will take place in and around Webster Hall in the Towers Residence Halls complex in Storrs from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., through August 2.
Areas around campus may be closed off to foot and vehicular traffic during those times, though university officials said the drills will not present a safety hazard to the community.