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Annual Training to be Mandatory and Also Available to the Public Online

Given the reality that tragic active shooter incidents have become frequent occurrences across the nation, County Executive Don Mohler announced that, effective immediately, he will require every County employee to complete active shooter training. The County will also make the same online training resource available to the public.

“It is unfortunate that we need to take these steps,” Mohler said. “But sadly, we are reminded almost weekly of the important lifeline that this training may provide.”

The mandatory online training is in addition to classroom training already offered to County employees by the Baltimore County Police Department. The video and classroom training module, produced by Texas State University, emphasizes three critical actions for individuals to take if they find themselves in a hostile situation - Avoid, Deny and Defend. 

According to Baltimore County Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan, “We can never be over-prepared to respond to a potential incident that will affect so many. Unfortunately, no community is immune from this type of violence but this video and training will save lives.”

This active shooter training builds on the County’s existing program of regular mandatory training for employees addressing cyber-security and sexual harassment.

County Offers Active Shooter Video Training to the Public

Public access to the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training video is available for the public through the Baltimore County Police Department webpage. The County Executive encourages all residents to watch the video and to be aware of their situation and environment.  “It is my sincere hope that none of us ever have to make use of the preventative measures outlined in this training. At the same time, I want our employees and citizens to be prepared if every confronted with such a horrific situation,” concluded Mohler.

Revised September 11, 2017