Johnson City police to offer mass shooting safety class

Becky Campbell • Sep 13, 2019 at 12:01 PM

It’s happened over and over, but the news of a mass shooting never loses the devastation it showers down on the victims, their families and the community as a whole.

Because such shootings can and do happen anywhere in the U.S., the Johnson City Police Department will offer a free safety awareness training seminar next week.

“We are proactively partnering with the community to raise awareness on safety options in a worst case scenario. These incidents can happen anywhere and adversely impact the quality of life. We want our community to know how to react and how law enforcement would respond should an incident occur,” said Chief Karl Turner.

Topics covered will include: the history of these events, civilian response options, information about the body’s physiological response to stressful situations, what to expect from law enforcement when they respond, and what officials need from the public in order to control the situation as safe and quickly as possible.

The training will be held Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center dining room, 510 Bert St.

“This two-hour training will enhance awareness on how individuals should prepare, prevent, and react during a shooting or mass attack in business settings or other environments,” Turner said. “JCPD officers who have received specialized training on providing instructions to civilians, business owners and their employees, and religious organizations will conduct this training.”

Participants must be at least 18 to attend. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Please register by contacting Planning and Research Manager Heather Brack at 423.434.6105 or hbrack@johnsoncitytn.org.

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