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Lee's Summit Council Gets Training For Active Shooter Events
July 19, 2014
By Mallory Ragon
The Lee’s Summit City Council got a lesson on threatening situations, particularly preparing for active shooter events at their July 17 work session.
Sergeant Rod Schaeffer of the Lee’s Summit Police Department (LSPD) said that violence is everywhere around us and that people respond in such situations only as well as they’re prepared for them. Noting that people look to managers, officers and others who are “in charge” for direction in disruptive events, the council and city staff as well as all members of the public should practice to ensure they’re ready should the occasion ever arise.
Schaeffer cited statistics that active shooter events occur once every five days and active shooter events with fatalities every ten days, calling them “low probability/high consequence events.”
LSPD responds within 4 minutes, but what should you do in the meantime? He went on to outline the following mantra for dealing with an active shooter event: run, hide, fight. Schaeffer recommends always trying to evacuate if at all possible: leave your belongings behind, try to convince others to leave with you, and clear the scene as quickly as possible.
If escaping isn’t an option, find a place to take cover with as many barriers, like locked doors, between you and the shooter.
Remember to silence your cell phone and stay as quiet as possible. Fighting is a personal choice and one that should be used as a last resort.
If you choose this option, Schaeffer advises that you commit to your actions, act aggressively, improvise weapons (he says spraying a fire extinguisher in the shooter’s face is quite effective and that a Kansas City phone book can stop several types of ammunition), and do everything you can to incapacitate the shooter.
The sergeant also showed both photographs and video clips of a variety of types of firearms to the council. Being able to identify the number and types of weapons used is one of the important pieces of information you can provide to law enforcement or emergency response responders once they arrive on the scene.
If you’re able, also try to be able to provide the location, description and number of shooters, as well as the number of victims.
Remember that the responsibility of first responders is to handle the situation at hand—namely stopping the shooter and securing the scene and not to immediately address victims of the event.
Schaeffer has been with LSPD for more than 21 years. He is trained in active shooter response and developed Armed Violent Intruder Response in 2007.