The Irving Police Department (IPD) Mobile Field Force will be training on campus on Thursday, Jan. 3, and Friday, Jan. 4, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Approximately 55 Mobile Field Force (MFF) officers will spend Thursday morning in the Art History Auditorium and Thursday afternoon marching on campus and practicing formations in full riot gear. Friday's training will consist of scenarios with approximately 30 "actors" (volunteers who are police candidates or Police Explorers). The MFF will respond to those "actors" and assess the different situations to determine what course of action they will need to take.
Exercises will be conducted outside on the university's athletic fields, the Mall, New Hall parking garage and streets. There will be no firearms training, and no CS or OC gas deployed. Participants may deploy a smoke canister to simulate gas and force officers to mask up.
IPD approached the university in last June about training on campus. They plan to use UD for training again this summer.
"By working together and training on your campus we provide your public safety personnel and the resident students with Irving officers who are familiar with your campus," said Irving Chief of Police Larry Boyd in a letter to President Thomas W. Keefe.