GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Active shooter situations or threats are a daily occurrence in America, and preparing for them has become a priority for many schools and organizations.
Places of worship are coming under attack as well, like the California synagogue near San Diego last weekend.
And while law enforcement agencies practice and train for active shooter situations, civilians can also help by being prepared. The Western Colorado Peace Officers Association brought in experts in training for these types of emergencies, to train people who might be able to act in an active shooter situation before law enforcement arrives.
“This first class we did was for civilians because how long does it take for law enforcement to get there. They're the first line of defense for their own defense. So, it could take law enforcement ten minutes to get there. There could be one right around the corner,” said Dan Burkard, retired officer and instructor.
There was also a class to train single officer respondents to active shooter situations.
You can contact the Western Colorado Peace Officers Association for more information.