Wilkes University Public Safety Department Hosts Active Shooter Training For Area Law Enforcement

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WILKES-BARRE, PA (12/04/2017) The Wilkes University Department of Public Safety is hosting over 40 officers from three states to attend a four-hour course addressing civilian response to active shooter situations. The training will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 8 in the ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South St., Wilkes-Barre. The course is designed as a train-the-trainer seminar, allowing attendees to share their knowledge across police departments and in their communities.

The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events course was designed and built on the avoid, deny, defend strategy developed by Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training, ALERRT. The course provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills. Participants in the course will receive a manual and PowerPoint presentation suitable for use in their own presentations.

There is no charge for the training. Up to 100 officers can attend the course.

More than 80,000 law enforcement officers across the nation have been trained in ALERRT operations and tactics to respond to active shooter situations. In March of 2013, the FBI announced that ALERRT is the national standard through which they are training their agents.

About Wilkes University:

Wilkes University is an independent institution of higher education dedicated to academic and intellectual excellence through mentoring in the liberal arts, sciences and professional programs. Founded in 1933, the university is on a mission to create one of the great small universities, offering all of the programs, activities and opportunities of a large, research university in the intimate, caring and mentoring environment of a small, liberal arts college, at a cost that is increasingly competitive with public universities. The Economist named Wilkes 25th in the nation for the value of its education for graduates. In addition to 43 bachelor's degree programs, Wilkes offers 25 master's degree programs and five doctoral/terminal degree programs, including the doctor of philosophy in nursing, doctor of nursing practice, doctor of education, doctor of pharmacy, and master of fine arts in creative writing. Learn more at www.wilkes.edu.