Champaign Police prepare local churches for the worst with response training

In wake of recent mass shootings across the country, the Champaign Police department organized a training Friday to prepare local churches for the worst. (WCCU)

In wake of recent mass shootings across the country, the Champaign Police department organized a training Friday to prepare local churches for the worst.

“Today's climate with shooters here and there that makes it even more necessary that we should get this kind of training,” trainee, Mari Ella said.

Dozens of people attended the training at the Vineyard Church in Urbana as Lt. Tod Myers conducted the active shooter and violent intruder response training for the local church members.

“Learning to try to prevent things from happening I think that's the biggest thing is to try to diffuse situations beforehand,” trainee, Raymond Norton said.

Houses of worship are no exception to mass shootings some of which include Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in 2015 and First Baptist church in Texas in 2017.

“I have been concerned for 10 to 15 years about someone walking in to disturb the church,” Ella said.

"We have situations at our church that are not as secure as they could be,” trainee, Raymond Norton said.

During the A.L.I.C.E training, police stressed survival over accountability.

"You make your own decision,” Myers said during the training stressing how important is for victims to also be their own first responder.

While security measures are vital, many of the participants said it is also important to be alert and informed.

"I got a better idea on how to react and there is a need to get people here to actually get trained,” Myers said.

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