The Utica Police Department, Oneida County Sheriff's Office, fire, EMS and other emergency personnel, held a full-scale exercise at Utica College on Friday designed to evaluate response procedures in the event of a critical incident scenario.

The exercise took place in the areas of Romano Hall, White Hall and the Gordon Science Center.

Utica College held a similar exercise in January of 2018.  Just two months later, there was a bomb threat on campus.

Oneida County Sheriff's Office

UC officials say the increase in threats on college campuses over the last decade requires deliberate, ongoing and comprehensive planning and preparation for a wide range of emergency scenarios.

"The college, in coordination with the Utica Police Department and other professional crisis and emergency management personnel, conducted a full-scale exercise to evaluate response procedures by all involved. The incident was designed to involve many faucets of emergency response, including police, fire, EMS and others. It was a great opportunity to test procedures and skills that we hope to never need," said Shad Crowe, director of emergency management at Utica College.

Oneida County Sheriff's Office
photo courtesy of Utica College