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SPECIAL REPORT: KEEPING SCHOOLS SAFE 17 way that some exercise directors duplicate this experience is by adding such noises with portable stereos or even more substan- tial sound systems and by having role players create as much panic noise as possible. Activating the fire alarms can also be an option; just make sure the fire department is onboard with the idea and the alarm doesn't automatically trigger a fire sup- pression system. e purpose of all that noise is to impede communications. Much is made of comm problems at critical incidents because of radio interoperability issues, but a comm problem that many officers fail to consider is the communication difficulties that will hinder the response team that is hunting for an active killer inside a building. Lessons Learned Agencies that have conducted full-scale critical incident exer- cises say there are many lessons to be learned. One of the most important is the need to prevent blue-on- blue casualties when plainclothes officers, off-duty officers, and even legally armed civilians are on the scene. Experts recommend that when plainclothes officers respond that they wear "POLICE" jackets or other readily visible ID. H Developing a full-scale practical critical incident exercise is sort of like producing a movie. And coordinating all of the moving parts requires time and preparation to get it right. Wireless, Battery Powered, Indoor and Outdoor Portable PA Systems NEW! MEGA HAILER & AIRVOX Police, Swat Team & DHS approved e Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by AmpliVox Sound Systems, LLC is under license. CORDS Emergency communications up to a half mile Reliable, superior sound quality streaming Compact, lightweight, with built-in handle for easy set-up and transport Weatherproof and rain resistant Wireless powered speakers eliminate the need for cords Built-in USB charger for smartphones and tablets Learn more about AmpliVox's wide selection of portable PA systems at Ampli.com freeinfo.policemag.com/796776

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