SOUTH SALT LAKE (ABC4 Utah News) – Are police in Utah prepared to deal with a Las Vegas style attack? ABC4 asked new Salt Lake County sheriff Rosie Rivera that Monday afternoon at Salt Lake Unified Police headquarters.
“I believe that we are very prepared as the Unified Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office, we train every year. Our officers are trained in how to deal with active shooters,” Sheriff Rivera said. “I’m pretty confident we would be able to handle a situation however it is so unpredictable. You just don’t know what’s going to come your way.”
Sheriff Rivera says her officers have faced simulated situations similar to the concert massacre.
“We do train our officers if there’s somebody shooting with a rifle from above, what they need to do,” she said.
Sheriff Rivera says that one of her Unified Police officers was at that concert last night and found himself in the midst of the chaos. Luckily he was unhurt.
That sergeant and his girlfriend were headed back home Monday afternoon.
“I spoke with him over the phone,” Sheriff Rivera said. “They decided to come back today. They were going to come back anyway but they just went to the hotel, got their stuff and headed home. You know they are upset, rightly so. Tough situation.”
Sheriff Rivera says anytime you attend a large public gathering, take a few moments to locate the exits and have a plan for you and your family to get out in case something happens suddenly.