The possibility of finding yourself in an active shooter situation seemingly grows by the day in America. It’s a fear that can no longer be cast away with a simple, “that won’t happen around here.”

So the Yuba City Police Department is organizing an active shooter training preparedness course to train community members on how to respond in the event they find themselves in a deadly situation. The opening course is planned for Monday.

“Monday’s active shooter training course focuses on mentally preparing people when caught in an active shooter situation,” said YCPD Lt. Jim Runyen. “We will be discussing options on how to respond during an active shooter and have a few simulated scenarios that everyone will participate in. We also have a small block called ‘stop the bleed,’ which gives some basic knowledge of how to assist those wounded in a mass casualty incident.”

The department has provided such training to staff members throughout Yuba City Unified School District. They’ve received requests to provide similar training to community businesses as well, but meeting that demand would not be realistic, which is what prompted the department to host classes for the public, Runyen said. 

“This is our first class open to the public and we were glad to partner with First United Methodist Church. We have over 100 people signed up for the event and it is limited to 150 people,” he said.

The plan is to offer the public courses several times a year, possibly quarterly. 

Monday’s course is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon at First United Methodist Church – 3101 Colusa Highway, Yuba City. Those interested in attending must RSVP first, and spots are limited. To do so, contact YCPD Community Policing Coordinator Katy Goodson at kgoodson@yubacity.net or by calling 822-4725. 

“We would encourage anyone to attend as active shooters have been proven to happen anywhere at any time,” Runyen said. “Having some mental preparation and a plan is a necessity.”

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