BRPD, EBRSO increase patrols at theaters

BRPD, EBRSO increase patrols at theaters

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - You can expect to see increase police and deputy patrols at not only movie theaters in and around Baton Rouge, but also at other buildings where there are large gatherings of people, such as the malls.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie said he increased patrols effective Friday morning in light of the shooting at the theater in Lafayette Thursday night that killed two people plus the gunman.

Chief Dabadie said after the Columbine shooting in 1999, the training was referred to as "active shooter at school." Now, he says he only called "active shooter" training.

"That methodology only works when it was at a school. Well now, we've changed our training because it could happen anywhere. It could happen at a school building, at a hospital. It could happen in an office building. It could happen in a theater. It could happen in a mall," said Chief Dabadie.

Chief Dabadie said when officers go through the academy, they train for active shooters and all other officers have to go through an active shooter training during their in-service training.

Plus, Chief Dabadie said officers do mock trainings with other agencies such as the one they did in 2014 with LSU police at the LSU campus. He added they have done other trainings for active shooters at the Baton Rouge General hospital on Bluebonnet and the Mall of Louisiana.

"It is such an intense uncontrollable environment that these officers are going to go into. The more training we can give them, the better they can react when it happens," said Chief Dabadie.

It's why the chief said BRPD has blue prints and diagrams to the schools, mall and some buildings in the city so officers know the layout and other entrances and exits. Any buildings they do not have blue prints for, Chief Dabadie said officers go do sight assessments.

Even though he said his officers are prepared were there to be such an event in Baton Rouge, he stressed it's important for people to be vigilant and constantly watch their surroundings.

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