AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police Department Region IV officers held a training on Saturday aimed at preparing the public for what to do in an active shooter situation.
The training, Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event, was part one of three put on by the south Austin department.
“We’re seeing a rise in active shooter events worldwide and we feel it’s our obligation as a police force to arm citizens and prepare citizens for when they’re in these situations,” said Officer Joshua Visi, APD Region 4 District Representative. “It teaches them a mindset on how to survive but more importantly one of the three things that they must do in order to improve their chances of surviving that type of incident.”
Those three steps are what they refer to as the ADD model, which stands for avoid, deny and defend.
“We’ve been lucky rather than we’ve been good here in Austin,” Visi said. “We’ve had a number of shootings, we’ve had a number of high profile shooting events here in Austin and I think Austinites need to get their head around the fact that it’s not an if but a matter of when and knowing what to do when they’re in those situations is very important.”
The rest of the trainings include a “Stop the Bleed” event and what they call “Hardening the Target,” which is in an effort to show homeowners and business owners how they can reduce the likelihood of them becoming victims of property crime.
Community members are welcome to request the trainings that are provided by region IV completely free. For more information, Visi said to check out APD Region IV’s Facebook page.