In the wake of several active shooter situations, the Potter County Sheriff's Department is offering a unique approach for citizens to better protect themselves.
"Unfortunately, active shooter events continue to happen all over the country and we know that one can happen anywhere at any time," Lt. Scott Giles told us.
With dozens of lives lost, many people are left with more questions than answers. But now, the question of "what should we do?" is being directly addressed.
A new program offered through the Potter County Sheriff's Department called C.R.A.S.E., an acronym that stands for Civilian Reaction to Active Shooting Events, is a possible answer to that question.
With topics such as avoiding the dangerous situation, denying the shooter access to your location and defending your safety, Lt. Giles thinks this new program has the potential to help save a life.
"We think the more we get this message out, the more it may actually result in people surviving these incidents in greater numbers," he said.
Now, after hours of training conducted by the "ALERRT" law enforcement group, more than 100 officers and deputies from around the panhandle are ready to share that message to anyone who is interested.
"Giving them some good tools to use, some things to think about, hopefully they will be better prepared to in the unfortunate event that they find themselves in an active shooter situation," Lt. Giles said.
The free program is offered to anyone who is looking to learn more about reacting during an active shooter event. Lt. Giles says the program can also be customized for all age groups and time restraints.
If interested, you can contact the Potter County Sheriff's Department at 806-379-2900.