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Police to hold Jan. 17 active shooter training session

Students, faculty and staff will have an opportunity to receive training in steps to take during an active shooter incident as the WCU Police Department presents “Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooter Event” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The event, expected to last about an hour, will be held in Multipurpose Room B at A.K. Hinds University Center.

Ernie Hudson, chief of WCU police, and Bruce Barker, Clery coordinator for the department, will lead the session that will include a screening of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Run, Hide, Fight” training video.

In an effort to get the campus community trained in surviving an active shooter situation, Hudson and Shane Stovall, WCU’s emergency services director, present training to new faculty and staff on a quarterly basis, Barker said. New students attending orientation are encouraged to visit a WCU Police Department website to see the video and presentation, he said.

Last fall, the department’s Sgt. Jacob Deal presented 33 programs about or related to active shooter situations for students in classrooms and in residence halls, Barker said.

Anyone planning to attend the Jan. 17 presentation is asked to RSVP by emailing Barker at bbarker@wcu.edu. To request an active shooter program or other programs provided by WCU police, go to police.wcu.edu and click on “Programs” in the quick links.

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