By Lt. Gregory Crowe, AA/PIO
High Desert State Prison

Staff from High Desert State Prison  and the California Correctional Center recently participated in a training to test law enforcement response to an armed assailant at Lassen High School.

The Susanville Police Department and Lassen County Sheriff’s Office held the massive full-scale training exercise at the school.  Participants included hundreds of local law enforcement agencies, fire departments and emergency medical agencies.


The Investigative Services Unit, Institutional Gang Investigators, and Crisis Response Team from California Correctional Center and High Desert State Prison participated in this event as secondary responders. Reality Based Alarm Response Instructors also assisted with Role Players Coordinators and Safety Officers during this event.

The first half of the training session included short scenarios in which the participants practiced entering buildings and eliminating potential threats. Administrators were able to observe team tactics and how different agencies worked together.

The second half of the exercise utilized the entire school campus and involved a shooting incident. The incident allowed for initial responders to quell the incident and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to begin victim triage in the parking lot from this full scale training exercise.