By: Daniel Johnson, Investigative Reporter | Photo By: Daniel Johnson
Training will be provided on multiple campuses to teach faculty and staff what to do if an active shooter situation should happen on campus.
Montoya and Westside campuses will each host two training sessions which will be similar to the two sessions recently completed on Main campus, APD Patrolmen First Class James Vautier said.
“I loved the turnout for our first session, I was surprised at how many people attended,” he said.
The training provided by Vautier was created using data collected from the NYPD, the Virginia Tech massacre, APD psychologists and mental health case studies from past shootings, he said.
Vautier’s technique is similar to the Run, Hide, Fight technique, but focuses more on what a person can do to prevent a shooting, Vautier said.
Vautier believes that getting people to be aware without being paranoid is the best way to ensure that someone will spot a shooter before anyone gets hurt, he said.
“I want people to have an idea of what to look for with a person who may need help, but I also want them to know what to do in case an active shooter event was to occur on campus,” he said.
Deaf Services Coordinator Faith Timm, who attended the Main campus session, said the training could have been more focused specifically on active shooters on college campuses, but still felt it was helpful.
“I thought the training was good and worth my time and I would recommend that all staff and faculty make it to the training if they can,” she said.