April 9, 2022
(Santana Anderson – NSN News)
Sarpy County law enforcement and rescue agencies will conduct a full-scale, multi-jurisdictional active shooter response training at Cobalt Credit Union’s headquarters in Papillion on April 24 at 11 am. The event is called Operation Cobalt Safety, according to the press release.
It is expected that people in the area will see a heavy law enforcement and public safety presence, including police cruisers, ambulances, fire trucks and a helicopter.
“We want the exercise to be as realistic as possible, so we’ll be responding just like we would during an actual emergency,” said Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Kevin Griger. “Training in a real-life scenario allows our partners from every facet of emergency services to run through their response and find out where we, as a coordinated effort, can make improvements.”
This will be Sarpy County’s fourth active shooter response training and the first in a business or corporate office setting. The previous exercises were at Werner Park in 2011, Papillion La Vista South High School in 2015 and at Bellevue University in 2018.
The training exercise is being funded by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. A team of volunteers will film the exercise and create videos to be used as training materials, and then shared with public safety agencies.
The roads around Cobalt Credit Union will remain open throughout the exercise, however, drivers are asked to be aware of additional law enforcement and rescue vehicles using both Highway 370 and 72nd Street. The exercise will be complete by mid-afternoon.
In addition to Cobalt Credit Union staff and volunteers, more than 100 first responders from various organizations will take part in the exercise. -30-