City partners with Lubbock Police Department to prepare citizens for active shooter scenarios
This year alone, there have been 28 mass shootings in Texas, including two of the nation's deadliest in El Paso and Odessa.
It is why the Lubbock Police Department is preparing for active shooter situations more than ever before.
Concerned parents and members of our community filled the aisles for the department's presentation on preparing for an active shooter scenario.
"After the El Paso event, there was a lot of conversation in the parenting community about what to do and how to prepare yourself. We're scared and worried," Chelsea Anders, owner of the Lubbock Moms Blog, said.
Cpl. Sam Reedy, with the Lubbock Police Department, said the spike in mass shootings have amplified the need for this kind of training.
It is why he said this presentation was free of charge and open to anyone interested in protecting their community.
"They're becoming more prevalent. So we just want to make sure everyone feels safe and that they know what to do. Knowledge is power, and we want to get that knowledge and power out to everyone," Reedy said.
Reedy added the vast amount of people who attended this presentation speaks volumes about citizen investment in public safety.
Mac Shipley, a leader at Southcrest Baptist Church, said they have already taken steps to make sure they're ready at a moment's notice.
"We have what the church calls 'heavy greeters' as there are about 30 to 40 men and women that actually carry a concealed handgun with DPS training. They both have a concealed carry license, but they've also got tactical training to guard us against an active shooter scenario," Shipley said.
Partnering with churches, schools, and other leading organizations, Cpl. Reedy said only a team effort will protect the Lubbock community.
"The best thing we can do to prevent crime and to prevent things from happening is to work together as a community, and we are all a part of that," Reedy said.