Larry Danforth, a part-time officer with Nashville's Police Department and full-time lieutenant in Wake Forest, teaches an active shooter training last week to town employees. (Graphic photo by Amanda Clark)
Nashville's Police Department is hosting a training session to educate local citizens and business owners on what to do during an active shooter event.
The department has scheduled its first "Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class for Tuesday, February 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The training will take place inside council chambers, which is located adjacent to the H.D. Cooley Library.
The class is being taught by Officer Larry Danforth, who serves as a part-time officer with Nashville's Police Department and works full-time as a lieutenant with the Wake Forest Police Department.
Nashville Police Chief Anthony Puckett said after a church shooting in Texas in late December, he started thinking about such a training for Nashville citizens.
Danforth is certified to teach the CRASE classes and has taught many such classes in Wake Forest.
"I wanted to bring (Danforth) in and offer it to the citizens," Puckett said.
Danforth taught the class to some Town of Nashville employees last Wednesday morning. Puckett said more town staff will probably take the class later.
The class focuses on what to do if confronted with an active shooter event.
Designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, the class will provide strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics will include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues and considerations for conducting drills.
Puckett said the class on February 25 won't be the last class offered.
"We're going to reach out to other businesses and probably the county as well," he said.
There is no cost to participate but Puckett said registration will be required because class sizes are limited.
Registration can be done on the Town of Nashville's website.
For more information, call the police department at 459-4545.