Ohio University Police Train Community Members for Emergencies

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When a fire alarm goes off, you head to the exit. That's what you were trained to do, through posted evacuation routes and fire drills. You don't wait for the fire department to arrive, to avoid being burned.

But when there is an active shooter in a crowded place, most people depend on the police's arrival before acting.

That's why the Ohio University Police Department is hosting two active shooter training sessions for community members. 

"For the longest time, we have taught individuals to hide under tables or to take refuge someplace," Lieutenant Eric Hoskinson of the Ohio University Police Department said. "And we find that to be very bad for those in an active shooter or killer situation."

The idea is to train those in the community how to protect themselves and possibly others when confronting an active shooter.

Using training videos, powerpoint slides, and other activities, OUPD hosted the first training session yesterday at Baker Center.

The second session will be held Wednesday, October 1, at noon in the Baker Center Multi-Purpose Room.

The Ohio University Police Department encourage anyone who can't attend the active shooter training sessions to watch their training video: