Civilian Response to Active Shooter Training
What: Gainesville Police seminar on active shooters
When: 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: 701 Queen City Parkway, Gainesville
Cost: Free, must be 18 years or older
Following some high-profile shooting events around the country, Gainesville Police will host a civilian response seminar Wednesday on how to respond in these dangerous situations.
“While there is no known active threat to our community, the police department is aware of the continued want and need for preparedness training for the public in light of recent attacks,” Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said.
Holbrook cited the Orlando shooting from June, where 49 people were killed after a man opened fire at a nightclub.
The seminar is called the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events, a training seminar that is based in the “avoid, deny, defend” model. According to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program at Texas State University, the training involves keeping your distance from the assailants, creating barriers and fighting back.
“It goes hand-in-hand with what we as law enforcement are taught,” Holbrook said.
Holbrook said the department has been working with civic groups, churches and businesses in the past year on a private basis but now wants to have a public event.
“We want everyone to be mindful of what to do if the unfortunate situation does happen and how to respond accordingly,” he said.
According to ALERRT, there were 209 total active shooter events between 2000 and 2015. There have been seven events in 2016.
“We do advise participants to use their discretion, that it does include video and audio from actual events that may be difficult for some to watch and hear,” Holbrook said.
The event is free and open to the public, but police said you must be 18 years or older and RSVP to attend.
The course starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the police station, 701 Queen City Parkway in Gainesville.
Citizens can RSVP at www.gainesville.org/police-department/crase/