Active shooter video now part of training for county workers

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Dec 22, 2015 4:33 AM

A screenshot of the video shown to Lancaster County employees that explains how to survive an active shooter situation while at work.

(Lancaster) -- Orientation for a new employee often includes email setup and a run through of HR policies.

But in Lancaster County, county employees are also learning how to handle an active shooter situation.

Lancaster County Sheriff Mark Reese is showing all new county employees a U.S. Department of Homeland Security video on active shooters at work.

And Sergeant David Bolton says people who already work for the county will have to watch the video at some point.

For about two years, deputies at the courthouse have been required to see it when they first join the force too.

Bolton notes the county has armed guards at most buildings.

"Statistically speaking, you'll probably never be involved in an active shooter event. But better to have the training and never need it, than something happen and need it," he says.

"And we just thought it was prudent that the employees have some training on how to deal with an active shooter. And we're pretty fortunate because we have armed security guards in most of our buildings."

Bolton also gives presentations to county departments that are interested in learning how to deal with an active shooter.

The video, which is free and available on youtube, runs six minutes and is called "Run, Hide, Fight."

Bolton says the county sheriff's department has been talking for years about showing the video to new county employees.

Bolton adds that no employees have mentioned anything negative about the video.

It is startling, but not graphic.

He says as military veteran, he's always aware of his surroundings, and encourages others to take notice of exits or other safe spots when they walk into a room.

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