JPD initiates active shooter training for city workers - - Jackson, MS

JPD initiates active shooter training for city workers

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Jackson Police Department is being pro-active when it comes to protecting city workers and the public.

 Wednesday at the Jackson Metro Center commanders instructed city workers on enhanced preparedness.

The training is a  "whole community" approach in anticipation of an active shooter situation even workplace violence.

The mall is huge. The water department, driver's license station and city personnel departments are here.

Hundreds of people come and go daily.  

Here are some tips from JPD SWAT Commander Steve McDonald.

He said Wednesday, "Door wedges a great way to block doors. Move furniture in front of doors if you are going to lock down. Use the door locks on there. if you cut the lights off make sure you put your cell phones on vibrate or silent. And if the light  goes off, it could let somebody know there is something in there they should be looking at."

The Department of Homeland Security says there is no pattern or method to the selection of victims by an active shooter, and these situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.

The Jackson police department will continue to conduct workshops and mock training for all Jackson city employees.

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