PROSPER (July 26, 2022) The Prosper Independent School District, in conjunction with first responders from the Town of Prosper and surrounding North Texas communities, concluded a three-day series of active shooter exercises at Prosper High School. Led by the Prosper ISD Police Department, dozens of police, fire and EMT personnel participated in multiple active shooter scenarios that were followed by performance evaluations from law enforcement officers from surrounding departments. Planning for the event, which began last September, included a time for local and state elected officials to observe the training.
“I am grateful to the men and women of our department and our colleagues from the region who worked methodically through these very intense and realistic scenarios,” said Prosper ISD Police Chief Chad Vessels. “Our department, along with police and fire personnel from the Town of Prosper, have spent nearly a year preparing for this training and I am very pleased with the instruction and experience gleaned from these simulations.”
On-hand last Wednesday for the training exercises were Prosper ISD Superintendent Dr. Holly Ferguson and members of her administration and staff, members of the Prosper ISD School Board, Prosper Mayor David F. Bristol and members of the Town staff, State Representative Matt Shaheen and a representative from the office of State Senator Drew Springer.
“The single-most important priority of our district is the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” said Prosper ISD Superintendent Dr. Holly Ferguson. “While I am deeply troubled by the conditions that necessitate such training, I believe the extensive exercises carried out by these honorable first responders should be an expression of our commitment to the safety and well-being of every person on every campus in Prosper ISD.”
“Over the past several years, we have witnessed far too many mass shootings in Texas and around the United States,” said Prosper Mayor David F. Bristol. “In light of events that have unfolded around our nation, I am deeply appreciative that these departments spent a year planning these simulations and conducted them with diligence and precision, as if lives depended on their outcome.”
Police and Fire Rescue officials from Prosper ISD, the Town of Prosper, the City of Frisco, the City of Celina, the City of Lewisville and the City of McKinney assisted in the training.