ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – The Atlantic Beach Police Department hosted an active shooter class Saturday that was open to the public.
After recent mass shootings, including the November mass shooting that killed 26 people at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, and the Las Vegas mass shooting in October that killed 58 concertgoers, the Police Department said it wanted to provide strategies that can be used to prepare and respond to an active shooter event or other life-threatening incidents.
Participants were shown several steps to take to help the law enforcement response and to limit the number of potential victims.
The ABPD said research shows that many of the mass shootings, or active shooter events, are over before law enforcement responders arrive at the scene. The department believes it’s important for civilians to be prepared.
The average time for police response to an active shooter event is three minutes, according to the ABPD.
The Police Department said that without effective, preplanned response options for people at the scene of an attack, many victims can be seriously injured or killed before police respond.
The active shooter class was held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 751 Atlantic Blvd. in the North Beach Shopping Plaza.