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KCPD hosts active shooter training for churches

KCPD Active Shooter Training
Posted at 10:02 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 23:02:47-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City, Missouri Police hosted an active shooting training for houses of worship Tuesday at its East Patrol station.

More than two dozen people from churches across the city attended, including Jerry Brown.

"Seems to be so much violence in places that used to be safe havens, like schools and churches, and we just need to be vigilant," Brown said. "My fear is, it's not a situation where, what if this happens? It is, what do we do when this happens?"

Those in attendance learned how to best equip their places of worship with security measures and cameras. They also learned that it is statistically better to fight if there is an active shooter.

"Unfortunately, as long as the uptake in trends continue to change, police and law enforcement and citizens are going to have to continue to change our tactics to counterbalance," Kansas City Police officer TJ Phillips, a member of the department's tactical response force said.

Kansas City Police officers are taking requests from places of worship to schedule security walk-throughs once the active shooter trainings are completed.