Atlanta Police will hold the first of a series of presentations on surviving an “active shooter” scenario at the Atlanta Civic Center on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The event is open to the public and will from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Those attending will learn about the “Avoid, Deny, Defend” strategy created in 2004 by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) . Other topics will include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, the role law enforcement and civilian response options.

A similar presentation held in December and sponsored by the Marietta Police Department attracted some 800 people. Another “active shooter” presentation will be in Kennesaw on Jan. 24 as more and more of these presentations pop up throughout the state.

A 2013 FBI report in conjunction with ALERRT shows there were 160 active shooter incidents between 2000 and 2013.

Here’s a video ALERRT uses to teach its “Avoid. Deny. Defend.” strategy:

Dyana Bagby

Dyana Bagby is a staff writer for Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta Intown.

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