GB police offer active shooter response training

File photo (WLUK photo/Don Steffens)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- School, work, concert or bar... as history shows, mass shootings can happen anywhere.

"I think it's important to realize that there are folks out there that, when these situations have happened, that have successfully defended themself, that have successfully defeated sometimes the bad people that are doing these things," said Lt. Jeff Engelbrecht with the Green Bay Police Department.

The department started its Civilian Active Shooter Response Training shortly after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting earlier this year.

Engelbrecht is in charge of the program.

"There has to be, in this day and age, a mental blueprint for how to respond to something like this. There has to be a plan that they've thought about... that they've mentally rehearsed before, maybe they've physically rehearsed before," he said.

If the shooter is farther away, one part of the plan might include knowing where the exit doors are located so you can get out of the building as quickly as possible.

"If you can't, because the proximity of that attack is closer, again... meaning that the attack is nearer in distance, you might have to try to barricade yourself in some type of area to keep people out," Engelbrecht said.

If you can't get away from the shooter, Engelbrecht suggests becoming the protector.

"They're protecting themselves and potentially the people that are entrusted to their care and using that mental image of being a protector when we're forced to and fight back," he said.

Nearly 1,200 people have gone through the active shooter response training according to the department.

If your organization is interested in training call 920-448-3200 Ext. 0917.

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