Walton, NY- The Watershed Agricultural Council (WAC) hosted an Active Shooter Training on Wednesday, February 8th, with Captain James H. Small and Officer Richard Kelly from the Delhi Police Department. The training was prepared by the US Department of Homeland Security and was presented to 63 attendees within five organizations including WAC, Delaware County Soil and Water Conservation District, Delaware County Cornell Cooperative Extension, US Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency and US Department of Agriculture National Resource Conservation Service.
Attendees learned how to react in active shooter situations; including warning signs of a potential active shooter, how to respond when an active shooter is in your vicinity and how to respond when law enforcement arrives. Captain Small stressed the importance of these training sessions for businesses, schools and field training for law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Due to the increase of active shooter events that have occurred throughout the country, Small encouraged the community to become proactive.
WAC’s Program Operations Coordinator Brian LaTourette organized the training. “This was an outstanding training opportunity for our staff. It allowed us to become more aware of this important issue and the action steps recommended by the US Department of Homeland Security in the event of a threat that may face us, not just in the workplace, but in all facets of life.”