CIVILIAN RESPONSE TO ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENTS (CRASE) TRAINING
The Wilmington Police Department will be offering a training course on Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) for our community. Please join us for this free program.
Course Introduction: In the past two decades, horrific mass shootings have been thrust into public consciousness. Mitigating the effects of these sudden incidents is the responsibility of those who serve in our communities’ public safety organizations. The public expects an effective and swift response to these threats and the sequence of events that follow them. Research has shown, however, that many of the mass attacks, or active attacks, are over before law enforcement responders arrive on the scene. Civilians who find themselves embroiled in such an event must be prepared to take immediate action to save their own lives before law enforcement arrives. The average response time for police response to an active attack event is three minutes. Without effective, pre-planned response options for civilians at the scene of the attack, many victims can be seriously injured or killed during these three minutes. Local law enforcement agencies and officers are often asked to provide guidance to their communities about what civilians should do if faced with an active attack threat. The Civilian Response course is a 2 hour training and information session that can assist civilians with establishing a response plan.
Course Goal: To increase the survivability of victims in an active shooter event, civilians must have preplanned response options they can easily remember and initiate under extreme stress. For the purposes of this presentation and discussion, we will consider an active shooter as “attempted mass murder” with a firearm. The expectation is that participants will use the information provided during the training build a framework that is easy to retain and recall under stress, which will save lives and reduces casualties of active shooter events.