The First Judicial Circuit, in conjunction with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, will conduct an active shooter security exercise today, October 14, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Theodore Bruno Juvenile Justice Center.

The event is designed to assess how court leadership, agency staff, and law enforcement agencies respond to an active shooter scenario within the facility, and is part of a continuing effort to both ensure a safe forum for the resolution of legal disputes and protect employees and the public.

“We are conducting this exercise to assess how our staff, other courthouse agency employees, emergency services, and local law enforcement organizations react to an active shooter in this building,” said Judge Jan Shackelford, the coordinating judicial officer for the event. “It’s something that you hope never happens, but we believe that careful preparation and assessment are critical in creating a safe environment, both in courthouse facilities and the community at large. ”