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Batesville trained for active shooting

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - As active shooter situations have been filling the news headlines, more people want to be proactive about combating those situations.

The town of Batesville told THV11 that they aren't going to sit back and wait for something to happen.

In February, the Benton Police Department and school system held training for active shooter situations. In August, the Pulaski County Special School District did the same. It's all part of a growing trend, not only in schools but in private businesses as well. It's called Alice Training.

"I think it allows individuals in the community to be more comfortable," said Heather Fulbright, who received training as a Batesville City School Board member.

Fulbright plans to get trained again in January at the bank where she works.

"Before all of our training has been to hunker down, to take cover. There's never been anything that's been given to us to be able to take steps to be proactive," Fulbright said.

"We are trying to educate our citizens in Independence County and the city of Batesville of what to expect from us, and what we expect from them. We are trying to help them survive in an incident," said Chief Cockrill.

After the shooting in San Bernardino, Chief Cockrill felt they needed to expand the Alice Training beyond the classroom and onto the college campus.

The faculty at UACCB said that they began active shooter training after the community college shooting in Oregon. The campus will also be hosting one of those Alice Programs in January.

"It's unfortunate that we have so many incidents of mass shootings in the United States and throughout the world now. It's unfortunate that in Batesville, Ark. we have to be concerned about that. But we have to be concerned about that if we want to protect our loved ones and our neighbors, and our friends," said Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at UACCB Brian Shonk.

If you're interested in attending an active shooter training session, contact the Batesville Police Department at (662) 563-5653.

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