- Associated Press - Sunday, June 19, 2016

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) - The police chief in Lebanon, New Hampshire, said the Orlando mass shooting underscores the need for active shooter workshops which his department scheduled weeks ago - the first of which takes place on Friday.

Chief Richard Mello said the shooting June 12 at Pulse nightclub that left 49 dead reaffirms that the active shooter scenario “has no boundaries,” The Valley News reported (https://bit.ly/1UVLFAs).

Authorities are still trying to find out what motivated Omar Mateen to carry out the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The free civilian courses are being offered by the Lebanon police on June 24 and July 7 at the Kilton Public Library. Mello says more than two dozen people have expressed interested and upward of 10 business owners want training sessions at their workplaces.

Mello said the course will teach the concept of “avoid, deny and defend.” He said the first priority for those caught in an active shooter situation should be to avoid the path of the shooter. The next strategy is to deny the shooter access by locking and barricading doors. Mello says in the worst-case scenario, those involved should try to disarm and disable the shooter.

“We, as police officers and as a society, have to acclimate ourselves,” Mello said. “The world is changing.”


Information from: Lebanon Valley News, https://www.vnews.com

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