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LAPORTE — There will be lots of police activity Monday around LaPorte High School, but the department warns the public not to worry.

Area police, fire and school officials will be taking advantage of a day off at the school to conduct mock active shooter training, according to Captain Bill Degnegaard of the LaPorte Police Department.

"The purpose of this exercise is to observe and evaluate the response of first responders to an active shooter event, identify gaps, lapses and/or needs in training, policies, procedures or resources," he said. "This will help emergency services and the LaPorte County school corporations be better prepared for a large-scale event."

Police, fire and school officials from Michigan City will also be taking part in the training.

Students will be home Monday for an e-Learning Day, Degnegaard said. Police will be closing nearby I, F and 6th streets from 7 a.m. to noon that day to avoid confusion.

"No one will be allowed on the school property or in the building during the exercise," police said.

"Again, please do not be alarmed by the increased activity around the school, and remember that this is only a drill," Degnegaard said.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.