Some Wichita Falls residents now have a better idea on what to do if they find themselves in an active shooter situation.
About 50 people were at the crime prevention and active shooter seminar put on by the Wichita Falls Police Department. Even though the seminar lasted only a few hours, officers hope the information that was shared sticks with those who attended.
Wichita Falls Police Sgt. Harold McClure said, unfortunately, seminars and events like this have become more necessary than ever over the last few years.
“I would love to be able to tell you active attack and active shooter events are on the decrease, but if you look at the reports and the facts that’s just simply not the case,” McClure said. “They are on the increase. So we do have to talk about this. We do have to have this kind of training.”
With all the information that was given to them in a short time, McClure has a few things he wants everyone to remember.
“If you don’t get anything else out of the presentation, avoid deny defend,” McClure said. “Avoid the situation. As quick as possible. If you can’t do that then deny the threat access to you. And if you find your self in a defend situation, then be prepared to defend yourself.”
Even though it was just one day, enough information to make a difference may stay with everyone there.
“It’s something for them to think about,” community policing and safety committee member Keith Norman said. “They are going to think about this from this point on and I think they will be more aware in crowded situations. I think this will be in the back of their mind all the time. We probably need to hear it quite often because I know a lot of time we forget things but if we can get a little information I think it will be helpful.”
And they can then pass that information along to others.
“We want to get this out to as many people as we can because if they find themselves in that situation, their reaction, their fall back on the information that they received today may save someone else because they may just follow suit and do what they are doing,” Sgt. McClure said.
Hopefully, none of those in the class will have to use what they learned, but McClure said they will be better prepared if they are in a worst-case scenario. McClure adds they will be doing more classes like this around town and may soon put this information up on their website for everyone to have access to.