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Online Course Teaches Civilian Response To Mass Shootings

In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a shooting there Friday.
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In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., following a shooting there Friday.
Active Shooter: What You Can Do
In light of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting last week the federal government is giving citizens and schools a tool to prepare for potential mass shootings. It’s a web-based course.

In light of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting last week the federal government is giving citizens and schools a tool to prepare for potential mass shootings. It’s a web-based course.

It’s called “Active Shooter: What You Can Do.” The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office says upon completion of the 45-minute course, participants should know what to do when confronted with a shooter, recognize violence indicators in the workplace and understand how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident.

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Flagstaff Police Sergeant James Jackson said the course discusses how to work with law enforcement in an active shooter situation.

"We don’t want to see this here, and heaven forbid it happens here, but I think a more knowledgeable public, a more educated public will allow us to minimize any situations or major events we have in our community," Jackson said.

Jackson said the local police officers are in the process of familiarizing themselves with schools in their beat areas.