Abilene police offering free active shooter training for schools, businesses, churches

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Abilene police are offering free active shooter training courses for citizens, businesses, schools, and churches in light of a mass shooting that claimed the lives of 17 adults and teachers inside a Florida high school Wednesday.

CRASE, or civilian response to active shooter training events, is a free one-hour course that will train participants on what to do if a gunman opens fire in a crowd. 

At a press conference Thursday morning, Police Chief Stan Standridge told attendees that during an active shooting event, "hiding and hoping is not a sound strategy. What you do matters." 

He hopes the CRASE course, which has already been taken by 5,000 people here in Abilene, will expose citizens to a different way of thinking and acting, promoting an avoid, deny, defend plan of action.

Chief Standridge says those who find themselves in an active shooter situation should avoid the gunman if all possible, deny access to their location, and defend themselves if all else fails. The CRASE course will teach the proper protocol for each of these strategies. 

Anyone who is interested in signing up for the free CRASE course is asked to send an email to apdpio@abilenetx.com.

Dan Cottner, the coordinator of school safety for Abilene ISD, joined Chief Standridge during the conference to discuss AISD's active shooter protocol.

Both men emphasized that every teacher and substitute in AISD and Wylie ISD has undergone specialized active shooter training.

There are also armed, anonymous Marshals on each school campus as well as 8 APD officers serving as school resource officers in AISD and WISD. 


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