Westchester County is offering additional training sessions for residents to learn the strategies and skills they could use to survive if an active shooter event occurred in their place of work or other public venue.
Known as Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE), the training class will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westchester County Center. The training is free and open to the public but advance registration is required.
“Active Shooter incidents continue to occur around the nation and we want to provide our residents with practical guidance on how they can stay safe. We have offered CRASE training to hundreds of County residents and employees previously and we will continue to do so,” County Executive George Latimer said.
CRASE training is built around the principles of Avoid, Deny and Defend. The Westchester County Police officers who conduct the training provide practical guidance and actions that the public can take during each of these stages, Public Safety Commissioner Thomas A. Gleason said.
“CRASE was developed to increase the odds of surviving if you are present during an active shooter incident,” Gleason said.
Westchester County Police have also provided CRASE training to many school district employees and other members of law enforcement, who have then brought the training back to their local communities. In addition, County Police have worked closely with educators, staff and students to enhance the prevention of, and response to, an active shooter event in school buildings where county police officers serve as School Resource Officers.
Westchester County Center is located at 198 Central Avenue in White Plains. It is accessible by public transportation and paid public parking is also available.
October 9th Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events
November 12th Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events