HPD begins active shooter training program

HPD begins active shooter training program

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department and the ALICE Training Institute began its active shooter training program at the police and fire training academy Monday.

The two-day course is designed to teach proactive survival techniques should a violent intruder or an active shooter arise at a place of business or a public gathering.

The goal is to save lives by teaching people options should the need come up.

The group set up several scenarios to show the participants techniques that work effectively.

Once completed, the group received an instructor certificate so that they can teach others about what to do in the event of a life-threatening situation.

"There's a great quote from Theodore Roosevelt, and the he said in any time of crisis the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing, the worst thing you can do is nothing... so don't do nothing, do something," said Robert Tirollo, A.L.I.C.E. active shooter instructor.

Tirollo also said that they try to get as many law enforcement officials in their classes as possible so that they can get this valuable information out to schools and businesses.

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