BANGOR – The numbers of workplace and school shootings since 1999’s Columbine school shooting continues to rise.
But police tactical teams continue improving response to active shooter situations.
This week a seminar that is being held in Brewer aims to educate regional first responders and the business community.
See something, say something. According to an instructor with the National Tactical Officers Association, that’s still good advice . Instructor Done Alwes said “You see a threat developing right there in front of you, you get yourself to safety and let others know so they can do the same.”
Several dozen people representing law enforcement, school administrators and medical workers attended the first day of a two day conference being held in Brewer.
“it brings it home for them. So if they haven’t thought of needing the training before, if they think it can’t happen here. It brings home that it can happen here.” said Michelle Tanguay from Penobscot Emergency Management Agency.
The response of tactical teams has changed drastically during the two decades since the Columbine massacre.
“I’m sure there’s something that we’re overlooking, but we’re working really hard to stay ahead of the problem this time, not catch up.” stated Alwes.
The instructor added, it’s unlikely active shooter situations will ever become extinct but preparation can reduce the number of casualties.