Local police departments plan to conduct training exercises at Grover Beach Elementary School from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday.
The exercises will enhance the collaboration between agencies if a “critical incident” were to occur at the school, a news release said. A critical incident is one requiring more than a normal patrol response, such as an active shooter or hostage situation, Grover Beach police Chief John Peters said.
Roads near the school will be closed during the exercise. Closures will be on Longbranch Avenue from 10th to 12th streets, and South 10th Street from Longbranch to Seabright avenues.
Parking in the area will be limited to those participating in the training. Access to school property will be restricted, as well.
Police personnel from Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande and California State Parks, as well as the Five Cities Fire Authority, the American Red Cross and the Lucia Mar Unified School District will participate in the exercise.
Agencies will bring their patrol vehicles and equipment, Peters said. Officers will also work to establish tactics and building-search plans. The main goal of the training is to build communication among departments and agencies.