FBI Citizens Academy alumni Therese and Mark Eutsler of Linden recently participated in the FBI Citizens Active Shooter Preparation and Response seminar. It was facilitated by FBI Special Agent in Charge Grant Mendenhall, Indianapolis Field Office; FBI Supervisory Special Agent John Skillestad of the Office of Partner Engagement, Violence Reduction Unit, FBI Headquarters; and Task Force Officer James Cullen, III, Deputy Policy Chief in Groton, Massachusetts.

The training provided an overview of the FBI’s research, as well as operational, behaviorally-based threat assessment and threat management services that aid in detecting and preventing acts of targeted violence. Its premise was while incidents cannot be predicated they can be prevented. Its goal was to assist academic, mental health, business, community, law enforcement, and government entities to recognize and disrupt potential active shooters who may be on a trajectory toward violence.

The seminar used information from the FBI’s “Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans” and “Developing High Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship.” It also used “RUN. HIDE. FIGHT. Surviving an Active Shooter Event” protocol developed by the Houston, Texas, Office of Emergency Management. Participants received copies of “The Coming Storm” and “Echoes of Columbine” videos, which contain best practices for managing and training for an active shooter incident.

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