On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Union College will host the Lincoln Police Department's field force training—a day culminating with a crowd control exercise involving a demonstration staged by campus volunteers.
Police officers will be at Union throughout the day reviewing crowd control techniques and conducting exercises in Woods Auditorium and in other areas of campus.
At 5:30 p.m. Union College volunteers will create a demonstration near the clock tower so the Lincoln Police can simulate a response. “Do not be alarmed by the officers or patrol cars you will see on campus, it’s just a training exercise,” said Rick Young, director of the international rescue and relief program. Signs along the streets surrounding campus will alert motorists and passers by to the training and the local news media has also been notified of the event.
Young is seeking students and employees to be a part of the demonstration, including a few ‘agitators’ who may undergo a similated arrest. “We hope to have at least 100 people to take part in the drill,” said Young. “Volunteers should plan on being involved from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. If you are interested, please contact Tyler Anderson at tyanders [at] ucollege [dot] edu or 402.486.2980.