CMPD Trains Businesses for Active Shooter Situations

CHARLOTTE, NC — “We want to train people to be calm, know what to do, how to respond, how to react so they can come out safely,” said CMPD Deputy Chief Jeff Estes.

Chief Estes says it’s images like these from the mass shooting in San Bernadino that remind everyone it can happen at any time. Which is why year round they are available to train companies on active shooter situations.

“Here’s things for your employees to consider: whether it’s a sheltered place, escape routes. If you have floor captains, how you barricade doors, what procedure should be, etc.,” said Estes.

Estes says, depending on the situation, it all comes down to three things: can an employee hide, escape or, if the shooter comes inside, then how to fight.

Bryan Warren is the Director of Corporate Security at Carolina Heath and says they take training very seriously and work with police to stay prepared.

“If there is a heightened risk or threat or some kind of credible information, security needs to take the lead. And while it may impact convenience, ultimately it’s worth it for everybody’s continued safety,” said Warren.

Estes says whether they’re working with a big company who just need their security reviewed and enhanced, or helping small businesses who have no plan come up with one, they are available and want the community to reach out.

“We had the church shootings, we had church groups together, we had international terrorist events take place. We’ve partnered with the stadiums, etc. to provide security,” said Estes.

Estes says if a company is interested in having CMPD come to give them training, just reach out to your local precinct and they will help set it up.