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The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office will be holding a special training seminar for the public on Aug. 9, educating participants on how to react during an active shooter event.

The seminar, which begins at 9 a.m. on Aug. 9 and taking place at the Yanmar Evo Center, 5889 Old Alabama Road, just off Highway 92 in Acworth, will be presented by Lt. William Thompson and Cpl. Jeremy Herrin of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, who serve as C.R.A.S.E. (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) instructors within the agency. The seminar will be a lecture-type event, with the lesson plan and materials used coming from the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University.

“The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events seminar is something the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office has been teaching to local businesses, day cares and churches throughout Cherokee County since January 2016,” Herrin said.

The sheriff’s office began teaching active shooter response tactics to its deputies and other law enforcement officials throughout the county in late 1999. However, according to some of the most recent statistics from the FBI, there have been more than 320 active shooter incidents in the United States over the past 20 years. As a result, the sheriff’s office realized the importance of making sure that not only did local law enforcement officials know how to best respond to a situation involving an active shooter, but also educating members of the public in the same regard and help them to be better prepared in case such an emergency occurs.

When dealing with an active shooter situation, Herrin said the first three to five minutes are the most critical, as the actions taken in that time frame play a key role in shaping the overall outcome of the situation and the number of casualties.

“Therefore, our goal in teaching the C.R.A.S.E. seminar is to make people more aware in their daily lives,” Herrin said. “We need civilians thinking of how they could respond if they are faced with an armed attacker. We want them to know their exits. We want them to know how to safeguard their work spaces or their places of worship in the event they need to shelter in place. We want them to see the importance of being aware of their surroundings no matter where they are. We want them to know they have the legal right to defend themselves against such an attack and what they do matters.”

Since the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office began holding active shooter seminars for the public, Herrin said there have been at least 40 such classes held, with more than 2,500 members of the community in attendance to learn more about responding during such an event. Of those who have participated, Herrin added that the sheriff’s office has heard virtually nothing but positive responses.

For those interested in attending and learning more about ways to respond in the event of an active shooter situation, Herrin said there is no cost to take part in the seminar and no registration will be required.

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