Gonzales police host training exercise at school _lowres

Photo provided by Charlotte Guedry -- The Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and Gonzales Police Department took part in a training exercise at Pecan Grove Primary School in Gonzales on Nov. 20.

The Gonzales Police Department hosted a multijurisdictional training exercise, based on a school crisis incident, on Nov. 20 at Pecan Grove Primary School in Gonzales.

Participants included the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office; Fire Protection Districts 1, 2 and 3; the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness; Louisiana State Police; Acadian Ambulance; the Louisiana Emergency Response Network; Region 2 Hospital Emergency Planning Coalition; Louisiana Bureau of EMS; Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Ascension Counseling Center; and Capital Area Human Services.

Gonzales Police Chief Sherman Jackson said the “exercise is the culmination of a three-year progressive exercise program, allowing our response community to be better prepared for a school crisis situation.”