Oxford police host active shooter prevention training

The Oxford Police Department hosted an active shooter training for the public after the tragic events over the last few weeks.

Posted: Aug 8, 2019 11:42 PM
Updated: Aug 9, 2019 9:55 AM

OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) - The Oxford Police Department hosted an active shooter training for the public after the tragic events over the last few weeks.

“It scares you, it should,” said Interim Police Chief Jeff McCutchen. “That shouldn't be the norm. To look at those events, it makes us think how we can respond. How can we adjust our training?"

McCutchen said the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, are the reason behind this.

The training was open to the public and well over 100 people attended.

Police talked about knowing exit routes and about three key words, “avoid, deny and deflect."

"If they rehearse the plan, if they talk it about at home, talk about it at work,” said McCutchen. “Again, if you know and rehearse for it and prepare for it, your likelihood of survival goes through the roof."

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