RCS Partnering with OakTac to Enhance Public Safety

Beginning June 1 and continuing throughout the summer, the Oakland County Law Enforcement-Tactical Response Coordinating Group (OakTac) will be conducting a first-response training program and refresher course at 1435 W. Auburn Road, Rochester Hills. According to the press release, training will be conducted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The building where training is planned to occur was previously designated for use by the Rochester Community School District as the Rochester Alternative and Adult Center for Education (RACE), and before that, as the Brooklands Elementary School. It has been vacant since July 2014.

“We greatly appreciate the Rochester Community School District’s efforts to provide us with a building so we can conduct training in a realistic setting,” said OakTac Board President and Troy Police Department Chief Gary Mayer.

“OakTac represents 32 police departments from approximately 96% of the county,” said Mayer. “The average active shooter incident lasts about 12 minutes or less. Our first responders need a standardized process so they can respond in a similar fashion to these critical incidents.”

Training will be provided in the Active Shooter Response (ASR) protocol. Although both marked and unmarked vehicles will be in the parking lot, training will be contained within the building, so nearby residents will not be disturbed.

“We are honored to be able to partner with OakTac and assist them in their efforts to enhance public safety in Oakland County,” said the Rochester Community School District Superintendent Robert Shaner.


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