The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has announced an opportunity to teach community members on what to expect in the event of an active shooter incident. The course is free of charge, and takes about one hour to complete, allowing for questions and answers at the end. The course is instructor-led by trained, certified Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies in a classroom setting.

As a result of increased awareness to these tragedies, many citizens of Madison County have asked what individuals can do protect themselves and reduce the dangers faced during one of these events. Adopted from Texas State University and brought to you by the Office of the Sheriff of Madison County, this training will hopefully “fill the gaps” in a current safety plan. It also explains what people should expect in these situations from law enforcement and other first responding agencies. This intuitive plan for survival is broken down in three steps, detailed during the training.

“This training is not just for the workplace. It is critical that we get this out to community groups, churches, and any other organization that would host it. As we’ve seen on the news, these horrifying incidents take place in shopping malls, theaters, hospitals, and campuses, to name a few. If we are not proactive with our community when it comes to this, we are simply too late, said Acting Sheriff John Ball.

Any organization or group that would like to host the free training should contact Deputy David Kroll, training officer for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, by email or at david.kroll@madisoncounty.ny.gov at 315-366-2435. Requirements are a room that can accommodate the expected number participating, a table and power for a laptop and projector, and either a projection screen or flat wall for the training course.

A few public offerings are being scheduled now in areas around Madison County; those dates, times and locations will be announced in the near future. Visit www.madisoncounty.ny.gov/sheriff for more information.