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Williamson Co. sheriff offers active shooter training for church-goers

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

The Williamson County sheriff is training church-goers on what to do in an active shooter situation.

The training was held Monday, December 11. This was the second presentation they have put on but already plan on doing the third one because they have had such a strong response. They had to turn people away because they were full.

The Williamson County Sheriffs Office has been doing active shooter training and safety presentations for churches for the past few years.

But, after the incident in Sutherland Springs Texas, they have received an outpouring of calls from the community who want to learn how to make their church-going experience a safer one.

The Church Safety Workshop covered basic principals, such as awareness and physical security.

They also went over Active Shooter Civilian Response (ALICE) program, that they present to schools. 

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick said being prepared is key to safety in those types of situations. 

"People need to have a plan, they should be aware of their surroundings, have a plan of what they are going to do in a certain situation, said Sheriff Bennie Vick. "You can't be paranoid about everything but you should at least be prepared. You don't know whats going to come along."

The Williamson County Sheriffs Department said that they are looking into to doing a much more in-depth workshop for any churches interested.

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