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Temecula Police Take Over Promenade Mall in 'Active Shooter' Drill

"Our goal is to continuously evaluate an practice responding to natural and other emergencies and to provide a quick and swift resolution and lessen the possibility of injuries to civilians," a sheriff's spokesman said of the event.

The Temecula Police Department, contracted by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, trained for an active shooter situation at The Promenade Mall on March 5, 2014.  Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
The Temecula Police Department, contracted by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, trained for an active shooter situation at The Promenade Mall on March 5, 2014. Photo courtesy: Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
If you drove by the Promenade mall on Wednesday night, you may have noticed a significant police presence there.

Though it wasn't an actual emergency situation, it was for something just as important.  Officers were preparing for the worst.

According to Riverside County Sheriff's Spokesman Deputy Albert Martinez, the department conducted something called an "active shooter training."

"The Temecula Police Department created a realistic training scenario to assist in evaluating the response capabilities and readiness of the department," he said.  "The emergency response is designed to provide a more expeditious and efficient response to emergencies."

The scenario involved a fake dispatch of a shooting at Chick-Fil-A, and the "suspects" running into the mall, with shots then being fired in food court.

Check out the photos above from the drill, and watch Martinez's video above to listen to the dispatch.


TVOR March 08, 2014 at 12:56 PM
@ ChrisG. I spent many years in the military and never have I seen the average beat cop wearing a uniform that bears anything more than a passing resemblance to a military uniform. Surely the swat guys and other special types of groups wear gear that resembles military gear but that is because they need the functionality of that gear to do their job. Your remarks sound almost like paranoia.
Thomas DeLay March 08, 2014 at 05:34 PM
This mall has always given me bad vibes. Very crowded concrete wasteland. Expensive movies. A bunch of mall rat insecure teenagers always hanging around because they have nothing better to do in this town. There's police everywhere, always giving tickets and pulling people over. And now to top it off, they have "active shooter" police drills. I only go here if there's an item that's not available at any other store besides the mall.
ChrisG March 08, 2014 at 10:04 PM
@tvor, I'm 21+ years vet. My point is the police used to have a uniform that resembled more a more professional look, tie and shoes. Now it is more military style. I'm not speaking about this particular drill. I meant more in general.
TVOR March 09, 2014 at 01:12 PM
ChriGs, I miss the days when people of many professions wore a nice neat uniform and took great pride in them.
Alek J Hidell March 09, 2014 at 01:33 PM
terrorists ALWAYS win--because the government's only response is to curtail the rights of general public--creating more terrorists in the process...

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