Amarillo, TX - Police say a little bit of planning now can save your life in an active shooter scenario.
"We as a country need to get together and work on this," said Sgt. Jerome Godfrey with the Amarillo Police Department. "This is a true problem for our country, the only way we're going to fix it is with the help of all of us together working on it."
The Amarillo Police Department, like many law enforcement entities today, is educating the public on ways to be prepared for an active shooter situation.
"I think it's really important because it will give everyone an idea of where they are on the issue and what their plan would be," said civilian Ana Pertl.
Over 150 people showed up for their course entitled C.R.A.S.E, which stands for Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events. They teach a three pronged approach, avoid, deny, and defend.
It's a concept that teaches you how to avoid a shooter by recognizing all possible exits of escape, the best ways to deny a shooter by barricading yourself in a safe area, and if those methods fail, the a-p-d explained how to defend yourself using whatever means available.
"You just need to be more aware of what's going on around you and listening to a discussion like this would, I think, make you stop and think when you're in a public situation," said civilian David Pertl.
Most importantly, police say the course reminded people you are only giving up if you stop fighting.
"It's just a good idea to find out what you can do to protect yourself in this type of situation," said civilian Ed McConnell.
The APD hosted Tuesday's course to relieve the overwhelming response the Potter County Sheriff's Office has received for offering the same course.
There are two classes scheduled for mid-January, and both are already full. More classes are offered January 19th and 21st from 6 to 8 in the evening at the Santa Fe building. To RSVP, call (806) 379-2929. Businesses that want to schedule a class can also call the same number.
Sheriff Thomas says he will add more classes if there is enough interest, The APD will do the same.