Police have started conducting mock drills at the Army Public Schools (APS) which also included the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS) and Quick Response Team (QRT). Police say that the drills are being conducted in the backdrop of the terror attack on an APS in Peshawar in Pakistan.
One such mock drill was conducted at the Army Public School in Vishrantwadi on Tuesday afternoon. A senior police officer said, “We have designed four different conditions of a situation like the one in Peshawar. We check the response time of the local police, BDDS, QRT and of course of the school authorities in handling the situations. We checked the response team of all these agencies and also the time taken for the evacuation of the students. Such drills will be carried out in the future, in various APSs and some other schools too.”
Another senior officer said, “A call about a terror attack was given to the control room at 12.30 and immediately BDDS and QRT were pressed into action. The classrooms were evacuated in a systematic manner and the drill ended at 2 pm. The primary results of the mock drill are satisfactory and are further being studied in detail. Lessons learnt here will be applied in coming mock drills.”