PCSO offers active shooter preparation training

Posted at 8:28 PM, Dec 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-04 22:28:50-05

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is offering active shooter preparation training for any organization, church or business in the wake of the California shooting attack.

Chief Deputy Steve Henry said the threat of a shooting is very real and it could happen anywhere.

"People need to be prepared, and vigilant,” said Henry.

Henry said for years, there’s been a focus on active shooters in schools, but the California shooting rampage and the attacks in Paris have shown everyone needs to be prepared.

"Do you barricade the door? Do you turn off your cell phone ringer? No one knows how to do those things unless they plan ahead," said Henry.

Henry said the training program will go along closely with the FBI’s suggestion.

If shots ring out, run, hide and if all else fails, prepare to fight for your life.

"It only takes a couple of minutes. You come in, you pull a trigger and you empty a magazine. Someone could empty a magazine on a weapon without any training in less than five seconds,” Henry said.

He said the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will do a risk assessment on a business and give a detailed plan on how to escape.

PCSO announced the offer Thursday on Facebook.

As of Friday, the sheriff’s office had not received any formal acceptances.