Active shooter training coming to CSU-Pueblo

Four active shooter response training sessions will be held in the Library and Academic Resources Center, the first time such training has ever been offered at CSU-Pueblo. Photo courtesy of fuparknews.blogspot.com

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s office is putting on a presentation to prepare students for a possible shooting emergency on campus.

“Colorado State University-Pueblo strives to provide a safe environment for the campus community. We recognize that in order to feel safe, you first must feel prepared,” Lieutenant Bill Brown said, in an email to the campus community.

The sessions will include watching a video called “Shots Fired on Campus,” followed by a question and answer session with deputies and law enforcement personnel from the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.

There is a shorter video online which students can view before the safety sessions entitled “Run, Hide, Fight.”   This video shows people in a workplace setting. When a shooter enters the scene, it shows people responding in the different recommended ways.

Samantha Hernandez, program assistant at the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office, recommended watching both videos.

“This is applicable to more than just a campus setting,” Hernandez said.

There will be four active shooter response training sessions held in the Library and Academic Resources Center, room 109. The sessions will be given on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 8-9 a.m. or 2:30 -3:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 8-9 a.m. or 2-3 p.m.

This is the first training of this scale that has ever been offered on Colorado State University’s campus, Hernandez said.

“This kind of stuff is being introduced in smaller groups, orientation groups and staff and faculty have already viewed it. This is by far the most encompassing group that will experience it,” Hernandez said.

Though the school has not been receiving complaints about safety on campus, it has had many questions arise about the issue.

“The Sandy Hook shooting was in the news and people were saying, ‘What would we do if this happened here?’ Instead of answering every individual question, we’re hitting a larger audience,” Hernandez said.