Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System conducted an early morning active shooter exercise Aug. 7 on the Fort Roots campus at North Little Rock.


The purpose was to provide training to VA police and safety officials, according to a news release.


“The exercise took place at a warehouse well away from patient care areas on Fort Roots and early in the morning so as to not disrupt patient care,” according to the release. “VA police, safety officials and leadership were briefed, trained and tested on an active shooter scenario. The exercise has been in the planning stages for months and is designed to help all involved to hone response skills.”


Following a briefing, officers split into two groups to participate in two segments of the active shooter scenario. Each group was given valuable feedback after the event.


“The protection of our veterans and our employees is a high priority and CAVHS holds a series of safety, natural disaster and protection exercises throughout the year,” according to the release.