Gonzales PD hosts active shooter preparedness course - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Gonzales PD hosts active shooter preparedness course

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) -

How would you react if someone opened fire on crowds of people in public place? On Thursday, the Gonzales police department sponsored a class to teach residents just what they could do to keep themselves safe.

A group of Ascension Parish residents will more prepared for deadly situations after they completed the Gonzales police department's training course on how to protect yourself from active shooter.

"You don't want to be paranoid, but you do want to be aware of what's going on at all times," said Officer Walter Taylor. "That's the number one key to survival."

While you can't predict the situation, Taylor says there are a few things to keep in mind just in case.

"It can happen anywhere, so we like to keep the responses simple," said Taylor. "The first thing you can do is just be aware of your surroundings...know where the nearest exit is, and always position yourself to where you are near an exit so if something like this does occur you can get out the area as quickly as possible."

If you can't escape, Officer Taylor says there are some ways you can protect yourself. For example, if you're a student you can use your backpack as a makeshift bullet proof vest, or if you're at work you can use your briefcase to shield yourself.

With multiple recent mass shootings, some participants say they were glad Gonzales police offered a class like this one.

"We've got kids and grand kids, and I lost a son about 15 years ago to gun violence,"  said Jerry Baxter. "I just wanted to make myself more prepared."

Officer Taylor says if your local police department does not offer an active shooter course, he says some of the information from his class is available on the Department of Homeland Security website http://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

Copyright 2013 WAFB. All rights reserved

How would you react if someone opened fire on crowds of people in public place? On Thursday, the Gonzales police department sponsored a class to teach residents just what they could do to keep themselves safe.

 

A group of Ascension Parish residents will more prepared for deadly situations after they complete the Gonzales police department's training course on how to protect yourself from active shooter ---or someone with the mindset to do as much as harm as possible.

 

"You don't want to be paranoid, but you do want to be aware of what's going on at all times. That's the number one key to survival," said Officer Walter Taylor.

 

While you can't predict the situation, Taylor says there are a few things to keep in mind just in case.

 

"It can happen anywhere, so we like to keep the responses simple. The first thing you can do is just be aware of your surroundings...know where the nearest exit is, and always position yourself to where you are near an exit so if something like this does occur you can get out the area as quickly as possible," said Taylor.

 

If you can't escape, Officer Taylor says there are some ways you can protect yourself. For example, if you're a student you can use your backpack as a makeshift bullet proof vest, or if you're at work you can use your briefcase to shield yourself.

 

With multiple recent mass shootings, some participants say they were glad Gonzales police offered a class like this one.

 

"We've got kids and grand kids, and I lost a son about 15 years ago to gun violence. I just wanted to make myself more prepared," said Jerry Baxter.

 

Officer Taylor says if your local police department does not offer an active shooter course, he says some of the information from his class is available on the Department of Homeland Security website http://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

How would you react if someone opened fire on crowds of people in public place? On Thursday, the Gonzales police department sponsored a class to teach residents just what they could do to keep themselves safe.

A group of Ascension Parish residents will more prepared for deadly situations after they complete the Gonzales police department's training course on how to protect yourself from active shooter ---or someone with the mindset to do as much as harm as possible.

"You don't want to be paranoid, but you do want to be aware of what's going on at all times. That's the number one key to survival," said Officer Walter Taylor.

While you can't predict the situation, Taylor says there are a few things to keep in mind just in case.

"It can happen anywhere, so we like to keep the responses simple. The first thing you can do is just be aware of your surroundings...know where the nearest exit is, and always position yourself to where you are near an exit so if something like this does occur you can get out the area as quickly as possible," said Taylor.

If you can't escape, Officer Taylor says there are some ways you can protect yourself. For example, if you're a student you can use your backpack as a makeshift bullet proof vest, or if you're at work you can use your briefcase to shield yourself.

With multiple recent mass shootings, some participants say they were glad Gonzales police offered a class like this one.

"We've got kids and grand kids, and I lost a son about 15 years ago to gun violence. I just wanted to make myself more prepared," said Jerry Baxter.

Officer Taylor says if your local police department does not offer an active shooter course, he says some of the information from his class is available on the Department of Homeland Security website http://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

 

How would you react if someone opened fire on crowds of people in public place? On Thursday, the Gonzales police department sponsored a class to teach residents just what they could do to keep themselves safe.

A group of Ascension Parish residents will more prepared for deadly situations after they complete the Gonzales police department's training course on how to protect yourself from active shooter ---or someone with the mindset to do as much as harm as possible.

"You don't want to be paranoid, but you do want to be aware of what's going on at all times. That's the number one key to survival," said Officer Walter Taylor.

While you can't predict the situation, Taylor says there are a few things to keep in mind just in case.

"It can happen anywhere, so we like to keep the responses simple. The first thing you can do is just be aware of your surroundings...know where the nearest exit is, and always position yourself to where you are near an exit so if something like this does occur you can get out the area as quickly as possible," said Taylor.

If you can't escape, Officer Taylor says there are some ways you can protect yourself. For example, if you're a student you can use your backpack as a makeshift bullet proof vest, or if you're at work you can use your briefcase to shield yourself.

With multiple recent mass shootings, some participants say they were glad Gonzales police offered a class like this one.

"We've got kids and grandkids, and I lost a son about 15 years ago to gun violence. I just wanted to make myself more prepared," said Jerry Baxter.

Officer Taylor says if your local police department does not offer an active shooter course, he says some of the information from his class is available on the Department of Homeland Security website http://www.dhs.gov/active-shooter-preparedness

  • Local/State NewsMore>>

  • Brazen thieves wreck two cars after lifting four from dealership

    Brazen thieves wreck two cars after lifting four from dealership

    This light blue 2005 Jaguar S-Type is still missing from the dealership (Source: Fares Motor Company)This light blue 2005 Jaguar S-Type is still missing from the dealership (Source: Fares Motor Company)
    This light blue Jaguar is still missing from the dealership (Source: Fares Motor Company)This light blue Jaguar is still missing from the dealership (Source: Fares Motor Company)

    Frustrated doesn't even begin to describe the feeling at Fares Motor Company on Florida after the manager says a group of men broke in twice and made off with four cars.

    More >>

    Frustrated doesn't even begin to describe the feeling at Fares Motor Company on Florida after the manager says a group of men broke in twice and made off with four cars.

    More >>
  • FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Traffic and accident reports for Monday, August 20

    FIRST ALERT TRAFFIC: Traffic and accident reports for Monday, August 20

    Monday, August 20 2018 9:41 PM EDT2018-08-21 01:41:08 GMT

    Traffic delays, detours and road closures in the WAFB viewing area.

    More >>

    Traffic delays, detours and road closures in the WAFB viewing area.

    More >>
  • Police investigating triple shooting off College Drive as murder-suicide

    Police investigating triple shooting off College Drive as murder-suicide

    Monday, August 20 2018 9:07 PM EDT2018-08-21 01:07:54 GMT
    Police are responding to a deadly shooting at a home on Bunker Hill Drive. (Source: WAFB)Police are responding to a deadly shooting at a home on Bunker Hill Drive. (Source: WAFB)

    Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that happened behind a string of popular hotels off College Drive in Baton Rouge on Monday. 

    More >>

    Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that happened behind a string of popular hotels off College Drive in Baton Rouge on Monday. 

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Colorado man charged with murder says wife killed daughters

    Colorado man charged with murder says wife killed daughters

    Monday, August 20 2018 5:53 PM EDT2018-08-20 21:53:32 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 10:34 PM EDT2018-08-21 02:34:53 GMT
    (AP Photo/David Zalubowski). A photograph sits amid the tributes as they grow outside the home where a pregnant woman, Shanann Watts, and her two daughters, Bella and Celeste, lived Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Frederick, Colo. The woman's husband, Chri...(AP Photo/David Zalubowski). A photograph sits amid the tributes as they grow outside the home where a pregnant woman, Shanann Watts, and her two daughters, Bella and Celeste, lived Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, in Frederick, Colo. The woman's husband, Chri...
    Prosecutors have charged a Colorado man with murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters.More >>
    Prosecutors have charged a Colorado man with murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters.More >>
  • Woman killed by alligator on Hilton Head Island

    Woman killed by alligator on Hilton Head Island

    Monday, August 20 2018 6:11 PM EDT2018-08-20 22:11:31 GMT

    A woman was attacked and killed by an alligator Monday morning in the Sea Pines area on Hilton Head Island.

    More >>

    A woman was attacked and killed by an alligator Monday morning in the Sea Pines area on Hilton Head Island.

    More >>
  • The Latest: Police investigating Colorado man found affair

    The Latest: Police investigating Colorado man found affair

    Monday, August 20 2018 7:28 PM EDT2018-08-20 23:28:54 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 8:09 PM EDT2018-08-21 00:09:08 GMT
    (Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan via AP). Jeanna Dietz hugs her daughter Eva, 7, while looking onto memorial on the front porch while others gather for a candle-lit vigil for Shanann Watts and her two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, in front of the W...(Timothy Hurst/The Coloradoan via AP). Jeanna Dietz hugs her daughter Eva, 7, while looking onto memorial on the front porch while others gather for a candle-lit vigil for Shanann Watts and her two daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, in front of the W...
    A Colorado man told police that he killed his pregnant wife after she strangled their daughters when he sought a separation.More >>
    A Colorado man told police that he killed his pregnant wife after she strangled their daughters when he sought a separation.More >>
Powered by Frankly