Gainesville Police are hosting an event Thursday, April 5, to teach citizens how to react in the face of an active shooter event.
“We want them to know how to respond to these situations, but we also want them to know what to expect when we arrive on scene,” Cpl. Drew Reed said.
The free event is called the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event training. The training was developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training at Texas State University.
The presentation is centered around the “avoid, deny, defend” model, which involves moving away from the threat, creating barriers and fighting back.
“We just want to empower people that in these situations, it is absolutely OK to defend yourself at all costs, whatever means necessary to make sure you go home to your loved ones,” Reed said.
For those wanting to bring kids, Reed cautioned that some material comes from actual incidents that have occurred around the country.
Gainesville Police regularly receive requests from businesses and churches for similar training events.
Compiled by Nick Watson
Active shooter training
What: Police-sponsored training
Where: Gainesville Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway
When: 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5
RSVP through gainesville.org/police-department/crase