The Lubbock Police Department has launched a revitalized Active Shooter Training course just days after another massacre occurred in the United States. Whether it is the Sikh Temple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado, or a lone gunman at the University of Texas in Austin, these unpredictable situations can turn deadly if you are not prepared.
LPD has geared the new course towards safety at the workplace.
LPD Swat Team Training Coordinator Officer Chris Paine inspected the Civic Center a few days prior to the active training shooter course. He found various exits and discussed how essential it is to take action during a worst case scenario, as opposed to taking no action.
"In our training, we hope to replace that initial frozenness that you had before our training. We hope to replace that with action," said Paine.
Through the use of security camera footage, videos and reenactments, the goal of the training is to reveal what an active shooter incident actually looks like, so someone can have better control over their emotions if one were to happen. This allows someone to devise a plan that would give them enough confidence to survive.
Civic Center Services Director Freddy Chavez said the course has helped him to think ahead.
"In my mind I've played it through a couple of times, depending on what building I'm in," said Chavez.
Since a shooter would expect a person to freeze during such a traumatic situation, taking some kind of action can help interrupt their plan to harm others.
LPD focuses on the A.D.D. Campaign which provides 3 phases of action.
"A" stands for avoid ,which means to run from the situation. The first "D" stands for deny. It is critical to not allow the shooter access to your location. This would include barricading yourself in a secure office that an outsider would not be able to access.
If steps one and two are not possible, the second "D" stands for defend. Paine said fighting back could save a person's life.
"Fighting back is something that sounds overwhelming initially for somebody to comprehend," said Paine.
Officers only ask that someone holds on long enough help to arrive, which is 3 to 12 minutes, or until the original steps of avoid and deny are possible again.
Paine said that most active shooters are looking for an easy target.
"Somebody that doesn't have a plan, that's just available to be that victim," said Paine.
If you are interested in bringing this course to your place of business, you can contact the LPD Neighborhood Services (806) 775-2971. The class is free of charge.
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