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Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows students test their emergency preparedness

Lockdown drills are being conducted at local schools by RCMP
Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows schools are conducting lockdown drills. (Ridge Meadows RCMP/Special to The News)

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows students will be going into lockdowns in the coming days in order to test their preparedness.

In partnership with the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District 42, the Ridge Meadows RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit will be running these drills, which they explained are for the benefit of both students and staff.

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As part of the drills, hallways are cleared of all people, with the lights in each classroom turned off and the doors shut and secured.

Police then come through and check to ensure everything is done properly.

“Police walk the hallways with school administrators to help identify any potential issues during the drill,” said Corp. Paul Duff.

“Signs are displayed outside the school to indicate that a lockdown drill is in progress.”

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