Multnomah University hosted an all-day training exercise with the Portland Police Bureau's Rapid Response Team (RRT) on campus April 25, 2014. The RRT, a group composed of 70 law enforcement members, spent the day practicing crowd control procedures and techniques. More than 30 law enforcement officials from the Portland metro area, Washington and California observed the scenarios.
Sgt. David Abrahamson, RRT member and former Multnomah student, led the training. Abrahamson was excited to spearhead the event, which was mutually beneficial for emergency responders and the University. “We have an ethical and moral responsibility to our citizens that our response to them is safe and efficient,” he said.
For Abrahamson, the opportunity to join Multnomah in a communal effort was inspiring. “This process has blessed all of us,” he said. “MU has gone above and beyond to help us. I can't say enough good things about this school.
“I hope the event caused people to start imagining what they would do in an emergency situation. The concepts that they gleaned today are things they can take with them for the rest of their lives.”
MU Communications Specialist Kristina Rhodes was in close contact with Abrahamson and other local law enforcement officials and coordinated communication with MU students, staff and faculty during the weeks before the training. “It's Multnomah's privilege to partner with Portland Police in an effort to increase the safety of our community,” she said.
Rhodes served as the point person for the event and spent the day managing media relations and coordinating interviews. “Multnomah is committed to serving the city of Portland,” she said. “This partnership with Portland Police is an example of our close friendship with local law enforcement. Because of their time at MU today, our campus will be one of the safest in the NW — they’ll know it like the back of their hand.”