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Active shooter training for businesses on the rise

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department says requests for active shooter training have gone up in response to recent shootings around the country.

The department offers a free training course to area businesses and schools. Deputy Cody Windbigler heads the one-hour seminar program.

"It's not just training law enforcement that's going to help,” Windbigler said. “But we have to train those that are going to be there during that time."

Active shooter situations are on the rise according to FBI data.

From 2000-2013 data shows there were 160 active shooter situations in the U.S.

That's left 486 people dead and more than 500 wounded.

Sixty percent of the time, the shooting was over by the time police arrived on scene.

"It's going to take time and time equals lives unfortunately," Windbigler said.

In conjunction with federal guidelines, the deputy teaches a run, hide and fight mindset for active shooter situations.

"[If] all else fails and you're in room with somebody that is actively killing people, do something, try your best to survive."

Police have adjusted their tactics in responding to an active shooter as well.

Law enforcement instructor Kevin Glaser said training puts an emphasis on time. Even if that means heading into a situation alone.

"Officers are being trained to get there as quickly as they can whether they have help or not," Glaser said. "You go in and try to address and eliminate the threat."

To minimize loss of life, instructors agree it takes an effort from everyone involved.

You can contact the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Department if you are interested in the active shooter seminar.

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