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SWAT team conducts exercise at Ripon High

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Police train for unthinkable

Three SWAT officers demonstrate their readiness for an unexpected emergency response on the Ripon High School campus Monday morning in the quad area.

Photo courtesy Ripon Police Department/

POSTED April 2, 2013 1:44 a.m.

SWAT officers – some seven in number – from Manteca and Ripon police departments put on a three hour emergency response drill Monday at the Ripon High School campus that included a question and answer session in the school library.

The three-hour demonstration began at 8 a.m. as some 50 instructors and other staff members observed and took part in the event.  The scenario was played down compared to the other schools in the county that have put on a more intense “active shooter” on campus demonstration with an appropriate police SWAT response.

Ripon owns an emergency response armored truck used by officers from Ripon and Manteca alike that they acquired from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department several years ago. 

Ripon Police First Sergeant Steve Merchant noted that his department has worked with the school district in the past on other police in-service events for the teachers and staff including gang activities and narcotics dangers, trends and uses.

Merchant added that the morning also included a lecture on the proper police response and the availability of resources for an unexpected event at the Ripon schools.  The joint concern of the police and school officials is to keep the students safe from harm, police noted.

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