Prevent, Minimize, End: Active Shooter Training - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Prevent, Minimize, End: Active Shooter Training

Posted: Updated:

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - It's something that's probably crossed the minds of many people.  What would you do if someone with a weapon came into your business or school?  That was one of the questions police asked people during an active shooter training session in Somerset County Friday.

Officers from Maryland state police spoke to school officials and government employees about what they should keep in mind when making an active attacker plan, but these tips can really apply to anyone.

"We thought this was going to be a one time kind of presentation," says First Sgt. Keith Runk with the Maryland State Police, but from a teenage gunman in Philadelphia, to a middle school shooting in new Mexico and the Navy Yard massacre in Washington DC.

Sgt. Runk says the need is greater than ever to teach every day people how to react in an active attacker situation, telling WMDT "it's an unfortunate circumstance, but it happens every day we look in the news and we see these incidents.  People really don't have a good idea of what to do."

This was a session with educators, business owners, and government employees throughout Somerset County.

The most important lesson, pay attention.

"In most instances, these people are telling people they're going to do this.  They're on the social media, they're telling people...people hear about it but yet nobody says anything," says First Sergeant Runk.

But it goes beyond what you may see on the internet...

"You're looking for these type of mood swings and changes that really going to identify 'hey, something's not right'," says Lt. Krah Plunkert with Maryland State Police.

Maryland State Police in Somerset County have been working with the school board on active shooter training for five years, but no matter how well practiced or prepared, officers say the focus is always evolving.

Lt. Plunkert tells WMDT, "these plans are ever changing.  Where you used to go to a lock down, you lock down a classroom and then stay in place.  These policies and procedures and planning is all changing."

According to police, there isn't a one size fits all rule.  Whether to lock down or evacuate can depend on the situation.  Their goal, give people the tools to be able to make the right decision at the right time.  

  • Local NewsDelmarva HeadlinesMore>>

  • Lawmakers Return To Consider McAuliffe Vetoes

    Lawmakers Return To Consider McAuliffe Vetoes

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:17 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:17:26 GMT
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are returning to Richmond to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's changes to the General Assembly's 2014 legislation. Legislators will consider McAuliffe's vetoes and proposed changes to several dozen pieces of legislation during a one-day session Wednesday. McAuliffe has vetoed two bills concerning religious expression. One would have codified a student's right to pray at school. The other would have prohibited censorship of sermons made by chaplains of the...More >>
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are returning to Richmond to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe's changes to the General Assembly's 2014 legislation. Legislators will consider McAuliffe's vetoes and proposed changes to several dozen pieces of legislation during a one-day session Wednesday. McAuliffe has vetoed two bills concerning religious expression. One would have codified a student's right to pray at school. The other would have prohibited censorship of sermons made by chaplains of the...More >>
  • Man Found Dead Outside Home In Centreville

    Man Found Dead Outside Home In Centreville

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:12 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:12:46 GMT
    CENTREVILLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County police are investigating the death of a man found lying in the driveway of his home in Centreville. Police say a relative found 85-year-old James Conaway dead outside his home on High Ridge Road on Tuesday. His bronze Cadillac was missing, but police say it has been found. Conaway's body has been taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death. Sgt. Jacob Andrews says Conaway's death has...More >>
    CENTREVILLE, Del. (AP) - New Castle County police are investigating the death of a man found lying in the driveway of his home in Centreville. Police say a relative found 85-year-old James Conaway dead outside his home on High Ridge Road on Tuesday. His bronze Cadillac was missing, but police say it has been found. Conaway's body has been taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of his death. Sgt. Jacob Andrews says Conaway's death has...More >>
  • One Dead, One Injured After Tues. Crash In Sussex Co.

    One Dead, One Injured After Tues. Crash In Sussex Co.

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:03 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:03:24 GMT
    MILLSBORO, Del. - One woman is dead, another injured after a car accident on Tuesday in Millsboro.According to reports, the crash happened around 9:07 PM Tuesday night. Police say Frances Baskwill, 75, of Millsboro, was driving south on Banks Road when she began to turn left toward Friendship drive. That's when investigators say the front of her car collided with the front of a car being driven by John Albright, 38, of Millsboro.Reports say Baskwill and her passenger, Patricia Murphy, 77, wer...More >>
    MILLSBORO, Del. - One woman is dead, another injured after a car accident on Tuesday in Millsboro.According to reports, the crash happened around 9:07 PM Tuesday night. Police say Frances Baskwill, 75, of Millsboro, was driving south on Banks Road when she began to turn left toward Friendship drive. That's when investigators say the front of her car collided with the front of a car being driven by John Albright, 38, of Millsboro.Reports say Baskwill and her passenger, Patricia Murphy, 77, wer...More >>
  • ContestsMore>>

  • Spring Gas Giveaway

    Spring Gas Giveaway

    Let WMDT fill up your tank! It's time for our Spring Gas Giveaway! More >>
    Enter for your chance to win a $100 Exxon/Mobil Gas Card!More >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.