School, workplace violence training seminar slated


The Garden City Police Department, in conjunction with St. Catherine Hospital and USD 457, will be hosting training related to school and workplace violence.

The training, provided by the National Tactical Officers Association, will encompass two days of instruction to help law enforcement, schools and businesses prepare for and respond to incidents of mass violence. The training will be held at the Finnup Center, 312 Finnup Dr., on July 22 and 23.

The two days of training will cover a variety of topics to include: threat analysis, the application of physical security systems, procedures for responding to incidents of mass violence, emergency plan development and assessment, and law enforcement response issues.

Day one will begin with a combined session for law enforcement and school/business personnel. The topics will include a historical overview of school and workplace violence, with special emphasis on recent incidents. The nature of threats will be discussed, emphasizing available methods and weapons that any individual or group may use to perpetrate acts of mass violence.

Day two will continue with the two groups following separate tracks. Law enforcement will cover issues and best practices involving patrol, tactical teams and off-duty officers. School/business attendees will cover the basics of security and emergency plan development.

At the end of the day, the two groups will discuss working together to plan for and respond to incidents.

Law enforcement, school and business professionals who have further questions, or wish to attend this training should contact Capt. Randy Ralston or Sgt. Bill Powers at 276-1300. Cost per attendee is $145.

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