McPherson Police Department offering facility walk-throughs

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National news has recently been filled with incidents of active shooters or mass shootings. While no such incident has occurred in McPherson, recent events in other parts of the country have led the McPherson Police Department to remind community members they offer facility walkthroughs and active shooter training for local businesses, schools, and organizations. Mark Brinck, administrative captain for the McPherson Police Department, says that in 2019 the department received over 30 requests for facility walk-throughs or active shooter training. “From 2020 to present, we have received one similar request,” Brinck said. The department offers Run, Hide, Five Active Shooter Training to local businesses, schools and organizations. Brinck says the training teaches options for responding to an active shooter event. They also offer facility walk-through to the same groups. Facility walkthroughs are completed by members of the special response team, patrol, investigations, administration and command staff. “We document observations throughout the walk-through,” Brinck said. “After the walkthrough, we meet with representatives of the group or facility and provide recommendations to increase safety and security in the event of an active shooter and in general.” These walk-throughs can be beneficial for businesses, schools, and groups to plan for an emergency situation and create a response time prior to the emergency occurring. Businesses, schools, and organizations who wish to request the training or a walk-through can contact the department at 620-245-1200 or via email at mcphersonpd@mcpcity.com.