Franklin police train community for active shooter situation

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (WKRN) — Cities across the country have been rocked by images of another deadly mass shooting — the latest at a school in Uvalde, Texas.

“The atmosphere among the people is very different than it was when I came here,” said a native of Franklin, known locally as Brother Henry. “You never know when you’re going to get into situations, do you duck? take cover? You just never know.”

The Franklin Police Department is trying to answer these questions with citizen training on how to respond in an active shooter situation.

“It really gives you that if/then thinking,” explained Lt. Charlie Warner. “If that happens, then this is how I will react. Or, that’s what I’ll do. As we have seen, seconds save lives, maybe even your own.”

The seminar will be held at the department’s headquarters on Columbia Avenue and is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Officials explain the importance of finding exit routes when entering buildings, directing you to respond immediately if you hear sounds like gunfire, and practicing situational awareness.

These skills are second nature to veteran Dean Hess.

“I think everyone needs to be more aware of their surroundings and what’s going on,” Hess said, “and realize that these people are out there.”

The goal of the course is to prepare as many people as possible in the community to respond effectively when the unimaginable happens.

“When a group of people band together, even complete strangers,” Warner says, “they can overtake an attacker and intruder, and we encourage that. It may be a last resort, but it can be your only resort.”

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The Franklin Police Department offers this seminar several times a year, as do other law enforcement agencies throughout Middle Tennessee. You are encouraged to call your local agency to register. Franklin police train community for active shooter situation

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