NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s police department and its Emergency Management team will conduct Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training sessions June 3-7 at an unspecified location on the SFA campus.

Despite the enhanced police presence during the specified time, members of the university and Nacogdoches communities should be aware this is a drill and not an immediate threat.

“We believe that by fostering a safe and secure environment, we can provide the best possible setting for educational growth and development,” said Jeremy Pickett, Emergency Management director.

According to Pickett, this training is a critical component of the University Police Department’s efforts to provide a safe and secure environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors. UPD staff members and select university personnel will take part in the drill.

The training program is designed to equip law enforcement officers with the necessary skills and knowledge to respond swiftly and effectively to emergency situations, including active shooter scenarios.

This initiative is part of UPD’s compliance with Texas House Bill 3, which mandates comprehensive school safety measures. The bill underscores the importance of proactive safety protocols in educational settings, and this training is a key step in meeting these requirements.

For more information, contact UPD at (936) 468-2608 or