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Prevent, Minimize, End: Active Shooter Training

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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.  

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