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August 29, 2019

Clark State, Clark County Sheriff’s Office will Offer Free Active Shooter Training

MEDIA CONTACT: Laurie Means | Executive Director, Marketing | 937.328.6145

Clark State Community College in partnership with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office will offer four active shooter training sessions free to the public beginning September 5.

“After recent events close to home, the reality that an active killer can happen here and can affect anyone at any time, has become a harsh reality to many who, before, never gave it a second thought,” said Major Chris Clark of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. “Law enforcement officers train regularly on how to respond to mitigate these types of threats, but the real first responders to an active killer event are the people involved.”

Clark State and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office want to ensure the public is prepared and will offer a modular, comprehensive, active killer survival presentation to the citizens of Clark County.

“This will be an unarmed program to educate people on how to utilize available surroundings to greatly increase chances of survival,” said Clark. “We will discuss what motivates individuals to carry out these acts, the mental health issues that surround them, being situationally aware of your surroundings and how to make the best decisions to survive and escape the danger.”

Clark emphasized that this program is not recommended for younger audiences as some of the programming contains mature content. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions directly to the instructors and audience input will be welcomed. 

Dr. Matt Franz, vice president, information technology & emergency management for Clark State said the college has a long history of focusing on the safety and security of those on campus and in the community; and a long-standing partnership with the law enforcement agencies in the region.

“In response to the recent tragedies in Dayton and El Paso, we wanted to work with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to provide community members with an opportunity to work closely with the highly trained sheriff’s deputies on active shooter incidents,” said Franz. “Often active shooter events happen very quickly, and the first responders to the scene are most likely to be bystanders and community members. The goal of this partnership and training is to share current techniques and information about what to do should you ever be in an active shooter situation.”

Franz said Clark State is excited to work with Clark County Sheriff Deb Burchett to help share this important information with the entire community. “We want to be a good partner in bringing together the community in an accessible forum to hear from our local law enforcement experts,” he said.

Active shooter training sessions will be held on the following dates and times:

Thursday, September 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Clark State Performing Arts Center
300 South Fountain Avenue, Springfield

Saturday, September 7 at 2 p.m.
John Legend Theater, Springfield Center of Innovation: The Dome
700 South Limestone Street, Springfield

Thursday, September 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Clark State Performing Arts Center
300 South Fountain Avenue, Springfield

Saturday, September 21 at 2 p.m.
Tecumseh High School
9830 West National Road, New Carlisle, Ohio

These free active shooter training sessions are open to the public. No registration is required. These sessions are not weapons training classes. Some content may not be suitable for young children.

For more information about the active shooter training sessions, contact Major Chris Clark, Clark County Sheriff’s Office at 937.521.2077.