Press Release 02.13.07>>>>On February 8, 2007, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office conducted a “Code Red” exercise at Homestead High School in Cupertino. The unique part of the exercise was the fact that this was not only an exercise for the school and their students, but it was an opportunity for a number of agencies to be able to participate, and train as First Responders to an incident. Participating agencies from the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, Santa Clara County Fire Department, Santa Clara County Communications, DeAnza/Foothill College District Police Department, Fremont Unified School District, and Homestead High School staff conducted the Code Red exercise. The exercise consisted of students being successfully evacuated from their classrooms after law enforcement officers had neutralized three active shooters on campus.
Code Red training came about after the tragic events of Columbine High School, where two teenage students carried out a shooting rampage, killing 12 fellow students and a teacher, as well as wounding 24 others, before committing suicide. The shooting resulted in an increased emphasis on school security. Since the Columbine incident, there have been a number of similar incidents that have taken place across the United States. It is essential that we prepare and train for these types of incidents, not only on the part of Law Enforcement, but also for the staff and students at the various schools. The training helps prepare teachers and students in their personal safety, as well as tactical procedures when confronted with an on campus active shooter situation.
The Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates the joint cooperation between all of the participating agencies and school staff that made this Code Red training exercises a great success. This exercise was an opportunity for the agencies that would be the first responders for Homestead High School to come together and train as a “team”. It was an opportunity that could not have been provided if not supported by the school’s staff, and the coordinated efforts put forth to accomplish a goal. Law enforcement’s combined efforts in these types of exercises have one common goal, the safety of our children.