An active shooter drill is scheduled Saturday in the Desert Sands Unified School District for Palm Desert Sheriff’s Station deputies.

The drill is set for Saturday morning at the Palm Desert Charter Middle School, 74-200 Rutledge Drive.

The simulation will include law enforcement presence, role players, loudspeakers and other props to simulate a critical incident on a school campus.

Sgt. Jared Howe told City News Service the training will train deputy sheriffs for when they respond to an active shooter, and will include individuals role-playing as subjects who would generally be involved in a school shooting.

Deputies started training earlier this week and will continue for several weeks, according to the sheriff’s department.

“This is part of ongoing training that we do throughout the year for force-on-force and critical incentive training,” Howe told CNS. “We’ve been doing it for about nine months.”

He added that the augmented scenario is not related to the May 24 events in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers were killed at Robb Elementary School, allegedly by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos.

Ultimately, nearly 400 law enforcement officers responded to the location, according to published reports.

The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety last month announced results of an investigation indicating police officers wasted time, exhibiting indecision and fear for their own lives, leaving the children at the shooter’s mercy for more than an hour.

Ramos was killed in a classroom by SWAT officers.

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