COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department is offering free sessions of active shooter training to citizens and businesses.
In the training, participants will be taught the process of planning for and reacting to an armed intruder. The training involves the decision making that citizens might have to employ in a crisis in which they and others around them might be the target, according to a news release.
The training has nothing to do with self defense or martial arts, according the police's Facebook page.
The sessions are available only for adults, 18 or older, and participants need to live or work in Columbia, according the Facebook page.
The first two training sessions are scheduled for Feb. 2. One session will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and another session will follow from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. They will take place at the Columbia Police Department Training Center located at 5001 Meyer Industrial Drive.
The Columbia Police Department has had several requests for this training over the past two months. Each session will accommodate up to 80 people to deal with a large number of requests for the training, according to a news release.