Residents and churches respond to Texas church shooting by seeking training

Residents and churches respond to Texas church shooting by seeking training
After the Texas church shooting, Amarillo residents and churches are seeking training for an active shooting. (Source: KFDA)

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - In response to a shooting at a Texas Church yesterday, local law enforcement says the demand for active shooter training is high.

The Randall County Sheriff’s Office has received multiple calls for a course that teaches how to respond if you are in the area of an active shooter. This is a course that all law enforcement agencies in Amarillo have been offering for some time now.

“The CRASE training is probably the biggest deal as far as churches and things like that and that stands for Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events. We do them at businesses, of course, we do probably more than anything at churches because that seems to be a place that people feel threatened. They want to go and worship and feel safe, but as we know it can be very dangerous at times as we saw this last weekend,” said Hank Blanchard, Sergeant PIO for the Randall County Sheriff’s Office.

Life-threatening events at churches aren’t new, and officials say churches in Amarillo try to be prepared.

“I can’t tell you of church in Amarillo that doesn’t have a safety team. So whether it’s us teaching it, or Randall County, or APD, or someone in their church teaching them what to do,” said Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas.

“We’ll even go into their sanctuaries and say, ‘Okay, based on the lay out of this sanctuary, you really need to have security people in theses different locations.’ We tell them, ‘This is the best place for the overall protection of your congregation,’” said Blanchard.

The CRASE training is available to anyone, with the goal to teach people how to avoid, deny and defend if ever in an active shooting.

“You have to change your mindset, I’m going home. I’m going back to my family. Regardless of what this nut head is doing, I’m going home. And that’s the thing we need to instill in our minds to make it real, and we want you to go home,” said Sheriff Thomas.

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