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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 8, 2015) – As the San Bernardino shooting investigation continues, so does the conversation about what to do in an active shooter situation. On Tuesday night, Indiana State Police are teaming-up with the Sheridan Police Department to host a public forum about the issue.

The program is called “Unarmed Response to Active Shooter Events.” State police say the program has already been nationally recognized and presented at dozens of schools around Indiana. Officers say their goal is to show both prevention strategies and response options to help more people survive an active shooter event. Police say you should always be aware of your surroundings and know where your exit points are in every building.

In any violent encounter, police say your options are to run, hide or fight as a last resort, and they want people to be able to make informed decisions in those unthinkable situations.

 “The key to survival in any violent encounter is having a plan, and it doesn’t have to be an elaborate plan, but it’s just a matter of knowing what you would do if violence happens,” said ISP Senior Trooper John Perrine.

“We aren’t asking people to change the way they live their lives, just formulate a plan,” Perrine said.

“If the first time you ever think about how you’re going to respond to a violent encounter is when the violence is happening – you’re going to be at a major disadvantage,” Perrine said.

Perrine says the program isn’t just about response options – they also spend time talking about psychological indicators for potential shooters. He says anyone is welcome to talk with local law enforcement about concerns you may have in your community.

Tuesday’s event is free and open to public:

“Unarmed Response to Active Shooter Events”

  • Tuesday, December 8th
  • Hosted by: Indiana State Police and Sheridan Police
  • Location: Sheridan Community Center
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Capacity: 200 people - first come first serve basis