The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

March 8, 2014

Palestine Police Department to offer active shooter training for citizens

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE —

In the wake of Sandy Hook and similar incidents, the Palestine Police Department has sent officers to attend training on how to react in a shooting situation. Soon, the department plans to make this instruction available to civilians through a free “active shooter” course, as organized by local officers.

The instruction, known as C.R.A.S.E (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) was put on this past week in Waco by Allert Center – Texas State University. Sergeants Gabriel Green, Jeremy Jenkins and School Resource Officer Joseph Tinsley volunteered to attend the training and have agreed to initiate a training program for the public.

"We're trying to spearhead an initiative that not only includes emergency personnel but the entire community to ensure that training is made available to save lives,” Green said. “This will be achieved by working in conjunction with the community as a whole. Our goal is to present methods which should increase survival through training and awareness.”

The department reported receiving several inquiries for civilian training, especially from school administrators, in the wake of Sandy Hook. This training has been formulated this year to give officers the ability to train civilian personnel, giving citizens the tools they would need to react appropriately in the wake of a shooting event.

Palestine Police Chief Robert Herbert encouraged citizens to participate.

“Citizens of Palestine, this will be a great opportunity for you to be part of this vital training,” Herbert said. “As we increase our training knowledge and skills, our mission is to provide safety and security for our citizens. You can help by being exposed to the same training which can be a survival technique if the need ever occurs. So please sign up when the training dates are posted.”

The training was free to law enforcement officers and will be free to the public.

Dates for the first course have not yet been scheduled, but interested people who want to receive the training should contact Donna Thornell at 903-731-8436 or dsthornell@palestine-tx.org to be placed on a notification list.