The Douglasville Police Department is hosting an Active Shooter Class on Thursday, Nov. 9.
The program idea was first presented at a town hall meeting two years ago and it's one of many community programs that the DPD offers to its citizens and area businesses. There is no registration necessary to attend the event.
Attendees will learn what an active shooter is and how to prepare for an active shooting from Capt. Brad Stafford. The class comes only four days after 26 people were killed in a mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas and 39 days after 59 people were killed in a mass shooting in Las Vegas.
While Stafford said the recent events won't affect the way the class is taught, he does expect participation to increase.
"Usually whenever there's an incident like this, in the community, we see an uptick in the registration for the handgun clinic. It comes on the forefront of their mind about handgun safety and we encourage that," Stafford said.
Attendees will also learn some statistics about mass shootings in the country since the turn of the millennium.
"There have been nearly 200 active shooter incidents in the U.S. since 2000, in both rural and urban areas, resulting in over 1,000 casualties," Lt. Mark Edwards said. "With the most recent incident occurring this week, it is imperative that citizens understand the dynamics of active shooter incidents and what actions they can take to survive."
Another point of emphasis the department is putting on the clinic is to clarify the exact laws when it comes to carrying firearms.
"When people start becoming more interested in keeping it with them all the time, I think it's important for them to come out and get that education. There's a lot of misinformation out there. There's a lot of, 'I just heard this from somebody that I can do this and not do this.' It's better to come get it from us and that way you know what you're getting is correct," Stafford said.
The class begins at 6 p.m. will continue until 8 p.m. The police department is located at 2083 Fairburn Road. For more information, interested participants are asked to contact Tammy Jewell at email@example.com or 678-293-1793.