CPD Take Part In Active-Shooter Training To Educate The Public

Andy Dahn
January 16, 2019 - 12:09 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Members of the Chicago Police Department received training Wednesday morning that focused on what to do in active shooter situations. The officers plan to pass the training onto residents. 

Officers piled into McCormick Place for the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events "Train the Trainer" course.

"The goal here today is to train all of you so you all can go out and train civilians on what to do in terms of active shooters," Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told the crowd. "We can then take it into communities, businesses, churches, schools, anywhere that we can get into."

Johnson said fighting back isn't always the answer.

"Get somewhere safe as quickly as you can and use a telephone or social media," Johnson said. "Whatever means you have to use to get the message out that you're involved in an active shooter situation. As quickly as you can get that out, it helps law enforcement."

Sergeant Megan Aylward said the training will ensure residents feel confident about their decisions if confronted by a mass shooter, and also addresses what to do when law enforcement arrives on the scene.

"Don't run towards them," Aylward said. "Don't have your hands in your pockets or behind your back. You may be an innocent victim, but the police don't know who you are."

Johnson called the fact that training is necessary "disappointing," and a clear sign that change is needed.

"Not just in Chicago, but across this country, we're going to have another mass shooting incident. That's sad because it simply doesn't have to be that way. There's no reason for us to have automatic weapons, rifles on the streets of Chicago. Why? That's just ridiculous," he said.