Active shooter response training

The Ventura Police Department will host an Active Shooter Response Training for business and church leadership. Leaders of any faith-based organization and business owners, operators and/or managers within the City of Ventura are invited to attend on December 20 at the Ventura Police Department located at 1425 Dowell Drive in Ventura. The training will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

The training is being offered in response to community concerns regarding active shooter incidents in Nevada, Texas and California. FBI statistics show that mass shootings are rare, but the Ventura Police Department is committed to partner with the community in providing safety information. According to the FBI, between 2000 and 2016, there were 216 active shooter incidents throughout the country.

An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.

Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims.

Because active shooter situations are often over within a short time, before police arrive on scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.

The training is free. Registration is required by calling 339-4317 or emailing [email protected].

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