In the past two decades, horrific mass shootings have been thrust into public consciousness. Mitigating the effects of these sudden incidents is the responsibility of those who serve in our communities’ public safety organizations. The public expects an effective and swift response to these threats and the sequence of events that follow them.
Research has shown however that many of the mass shootings, or active shooter events, are over before law enforcement responders arrive on the scene. Civilians who find themselves in an active shooter event must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The average response time for police response to an active shooter event is three minutes. Without effective, preplanned response options for civilians at the scene of the attack, many victims can be seriously injured or killed during these three minutes.
The Wichita Falls Police Department is frequently asked to provide guidance to the community about what civilians should do if faced with an active shooter threat.
The WFPD is currently offering Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events, “CRASE” training. The training is designed for any civilian group including schools, businesses, civic organizations, faith-based organizations, and others.
If you are interested in having this training brought to your organization please contact Sgt. Harold McClure at (940) 720-5016 or you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.