Hanover deputies to teach community on how to respond during active shooters

Hanover County

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office will host a presentation on how the community should respond to an active shooter situation.

“Civilian Response to an Active Shooter”, which is set to take place on April 9, will focus on historical case studies and current best practices. 

The sheriff’s office says the sheriff designed the program to make the community aware of what they can do to be better prepared and develop a plan should an event like this occur. 

“He’s always said he does not want to have a community full of sheep. He wants to have sheep dogs. The sheep dog is always on the lookout for the wolf,” said Sergeant James Cooper.  

“To date, thousands of members of our community have attended these presentations and have received a better understanding on how to respond in the event of an active shooter situation,” the sheriff’s office said in a release.  

The Sheriff’s office started the program back in 2016. Since then they say the demand for more courses has grown. 

“We’re not trying to scare anybody. We just want to make sure that people are informed. We want to make sure that people are prepared,” said Cooper.   

If you plan on attending, contact Ellen Dixon at 804-365-6324 or emdixon@hanovercounty.gov. 

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