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If you hear gunshots downtown this Sunday, don’t panic

How active shooter training has changed and become an important tool for law enforcement

Active shooter training has evolved for law enforcement in the past few years, and local officers from municipalities in Johnson County gathered to practice with civilian participants at Antioch Church.
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Active shooter training has evolved for law enforcement in the past few years, and local officers from municipalities in Johnson County gathered to practice with civilian participants at Antioch Church.

If you see a ton of police officers and emergency officials in downtown Fort Worth on Sunday, don’t panic — this is just a drill.

On Friday, Downtown Fort Worth announced officials will be having a full-scale, mass casualty event training near the Convention Center. The training will take place on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in and around the Fort Worth Convention Center at 1201 Houston St.

Road closures will be in effect Sunday near the convention center.

The exercise will focus on emergency response to an active threat downtown and is being coordinated by the city’s Emergency Management Office, according to the release

Significant law enforcement, fire and emergency services will be downtown before and during the exercise. Responders will also be shooting blanks during the exercise, which may be heard nearby.

The training will primarily be confined to the east side of the Convention Center, Lot 1 directly across from the east entrance of the Convention Center and the area just outside the north and east entrances, the release said.

The exercise is closed to the public and there is no viewing area.

For residents wanting to learn how to respond during an active threat, a training event is being planned for early next year, according to the release.

The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events course is designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend strategy developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training in 2004.

There is no charge to attend the training session. Date and location will be announced soon.

Kaley Johnson is a breaking news and enterprise reporter. She majored in investigative reporting at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has a passion for bringing readers in-depth, complex stories that will impact their lives. Send your tips via email or Twitter.
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