On Friday, June 14, an increased law enforcement presence will be visible at the Waxahachie High School campus, city roadways, and Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Waxahachie. The City and several community partners, including Waxahachie Independent School District (WISD), would like to inform the public that they will participate in an active shooter exercise. In addition to law enforcement vehicles, community members may see an increased number of other emergency vehicles in the area, such as fire trucks and ambulances.

These organizations want to assure the public that this meticulously planned exercise, led by Waxahachie Emergency Management, has been a year in the making. The simulation allows each entity to experience the emergency event in a controlled environment, so there is no need to be alarmed.

“We think it’s essential to be prepared for all situations, even something as unthinkable as this might be,” said City Manager Michael Scott. “Knowing who the key players are and seeing how they will work together in a crisis is invaluable.”

The City of Waxahachie and WISD work closely throughout the year to provide the safest learning environment for Waxahachie’s young citizens. Waxahachie Police Department officers work on school campuses daily and will also participate in the training exercise.

“The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority, and we are grateful to the City of Waxahachie and our first responders for their commitment to Waxahachie ISD,” said Dr. Jerry D. Hollingsworth, Waxahachie ISD Superintendent. “The opportunity to test our crisis response protocols in a full-scale drill is extremely valuable as we refine our safety and security procedures.”

Local medical health professionals are also collaborating to help first responders prepare.

 “As a certified trauma center, we take seriously our role as part of the critical infrastructure that supports the health and well-being of our communities,” said Will Turner, president of Baylor Scott & White – Waxahachie. “Our teams continuously prepare to provide care for our communities during a variety of situations, and we appreciate the close collaboration with local officials, first responders, and emergency management agencies to stay ready to serve those who may need emergency care.”