In participation with a group called Urban Shield, the UC Police Department will conduct a simulation test of its response to an “active shooter” incident this Saturday at Warren and Mulford Halls. The scenario will run from 5 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Monday.

We don’t know exactly what it will involve other than “role-player movements on the first and ground floor of Warren Hall, the arrival and departure of personnel and vehicles in Mulford Hall parking lot, and some loud noises.” That’s not the kind of role-playing we’re used to.

Also, by the way, the Web site for Urban Shield opens with video sounds more like “Halo 3″ than “Law and Order.”

bq. To All Staff:

bq. The University of California Police Department, in cooperation with the City of Berkeley Police Department, is participating in Alameda County’s ‘Urban Shield’ exercise from Friday, September 28 to Monday, October 1, 2007.

bq. Urban Shield, a multi-agency regional training event, will test and enhance the emergency preparedness and response abilities of local law enforcement in a wide variety of situations. Tactical teams from approximately 25 departments across the country, including our own Negotiations and Entry Team, will be deployed around the clock to handle a variety of simulations and scenarios ranging from natural disasters to incidents of terrorism. If you would like to learn more about this event, please see for details.

bq. Warren Hall will be the site of an ‘active shooter’ simulation.
Especially in light of the tragic events at Virginia Tech and other
past incidents of campus violence, the University is committed to the highest level of preparation and prevention possible, and is proud to participate in this opportunity to provide realistic and valuable training to so many law enforcement agencies.

bq. Police personnel will begin staging equipment and preparing the
building on the evening of Friday, September 28. At 5:00 am on
September 29 (Saturday) the exercise will begin. Activity will
include role-player movements on the first and ground floor of Warren Hall, the arrival and departure of personnel and vehicles in Mulford Hall parking lot, and some loud noises. The scenario will repeat once every other hour for the entire weekend, day and night, ending before 9:00 am on Monday, October 1.

bq. Thank you for your assistance with this important initiative.

bq. Nathan Brostrom,
Vice Chancellor-Administration

Home Page [Urban Shield]

This week of police logs is full of weird stuff going on. OK, it’s always full of weird stuff going on. What we mean is we’ve got suspicion, mischief and annoyance in the real world, the online world and the, um, phone world. They’re coming at us from all sides! Believe us, we don’t make the crazy up. Unfortunately, it’s all natural.

Thursday, August 16, 2007
4:04 p.m., Lower Hearst Structure: Malicious pull of a fire alarm. Under investigation.

Fire alarms and alarms in general dot the police logs all the time, but we’re intrigued by this “malicious” pulling. We imagine some no-good punk chuckling and impishly grinning while in the act. Damn you, meddling kids!

Wednesday, August 15, 2007
8:00 p.m., Upper Sproul Plaza: An officer talks to two males, 17 and 18, about causing a disturbance.

Did they talk to those drummers? Let’s start there first, shall we? We can hear them all the way up in Eshleman at our cozy, no-computer desk in the absolute farthest corner of the office. Now those people are disturbing our ability to work. Work at avoiding everyone in the office.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007
10:28 .a.m., HBS: Woman given civil advice regarding a suspicious essay written by a student.

Suspicious, as in “say, I think I’ve seen this before”? Or something like a creative fiction that mimics a lot of shoot ‘em up films? The first will get an F. The latter will get a Hollywood movie deal.

Oh, and we don’t know what “HBS” is. It could be someone trying to type “BHS”–High School. But that would make too much sense. We prefer the enigma.

Monday, August 13, 2007
9:40 a.m., Hildebrand Hall: A man, 71, reports receiving a suspicious e-mail.

Yeah, we get those too. “Make your fat friends envy you!” Or, “hello, madam, I am from Africa and I need you to retrieve $3 billion for me, and oh, you can actually keep it for yourself.” You know, it could also be that kid’s essay.

1:26 p.m., Barker Hall: A man, 28, reports receiving annoying phone calls.

Heavy breathers? We get that, but in e-mail form. Plus there’s Cialis, Viagra, what have you–and we don’t even have a penis! Our condolences.

PoLo is compiled from the UC Police Department’s online Daily Activity Bulletin.
Earlier: PoLo: Yo Ho, Just Trying to Have Some Fun