AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Potter County Sheriff’s Office said it is offering civilian active shooter training on June 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office said CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) will give tips on what to do in an active shooter situation in potential locations such as the workplace, shopping, or gatherings.
“It’s well worth your time to learn and have those tools in your toolbox and to make you think when you go somewhere,” said Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas.
Sheriff Thomas said the goal of the training course is to teach people three simple steps if they ever encounter an active shooter situation.
“The three things, the three points in the whole deal is, avoid if you can. Get the hell out, run like crazy and get away from it. Deny that person access to you, whatever that takes and the third option is really a last-ditch effort and that is to defend yourself,” said Sheriff Thomas.
Sheriff Thomas said this training course is always available through the Sheriff’s Office, but he said after incidents like Uvalde, they want to make sure residents are aware of this training.
“Hey, remember this training. We have this if you want it. We put it out yesterday and at the end of the day, he [Seargent Mickey Blackmon] had eight people signed up, and when he came in this morning he [Sgt. Blackmon] had 20 overnight that has called and emailed and said, ‘hey I want to go,'” said Sheriff Thomas.
The training will be held at the Potter County Sheriff’s Office at 13103 NE 29th Ave.
Potter County Sheriff’s Office officials said its classroom can hold up to 100 people and will host another session if it fills its class.
Sheriff Thomas added these incidents can happen anywhere and this training prepares people.
“It makes you think where would I go. And I encourage you after you go through the program, is when you go sit in your office, go walk around your office, go figure out where those doors are. Can I go out that door? Can I go out that door? Can I hide under this?” said Sheriff Thomas.
The Sheriff’s Office added this is strictly an informational meeting and for those who plan to attend to not bring their gun.
Those wanting to attend can call Sgt. Blackmon at 806-379-2964.