Harrisonburg Police Department holds an active shooter training seminar

Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 4:12 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - The Harrisonburg Police Department held an active shooter seminar Wednesday morning to talk about training for active shooter-type incidents and how to properly prepare for such situations.

Several local nonprofit organizations and faith-based institutions attended the seminar to learn how they could prepare if an active shooter was to enter their work environment.

“This was great,” said Susan Adamson, one of the attendants at the seminar. “It’s a good start for us because we don’t currently have a safety plan, and a lot of the volunteers that I work with have been asking what should we do in the event of someone who comes in that is threatening.”

After not holding active shooter training seminars the past few years due to the pandemic, requests were coming in to bring the event back following the shooting on Bridgewater College’s campus last month.

“We just thought it was important to go ahead and get the members of our community in and just kind of give them an idea of what to look for,” said Sgt. John Hancock of HPD.

While no exact dates are scheduled for future seminars, the Harrisonburg Police Department hopes to have similar events in the upcoming months.

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