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Mill Valley Police Department Conducts Active Shooter Training

Last month, the Mill Valley Police Department presented and participated in a two-day active shooter training at Tamalpais High School. Recent events around our country have highlighted the importance of a coordinated response by law enforcement and emergency personnel to save lives.

The City of Mill Valley is committed to working with its staff to protect our community. To that end, the Mill Valley Police Department provided services this past month to emergency personnel to help prepare for and react to such acts of violence. Officers were put through several drills that simulated emergency situations, providing the officers with important tactical information and practice.

The training taught participants how to recognize and disrupt potential active shooters and how to secure the area in order to protect potential victims. The Mill Valley Police Department collaborated with members of the Mill Valley Fire Department, CERT, and student volunteers, ensuring that all of our emergency personnel are prepared in the event of a true emergency.

What to do in the event of an active shooter:

When it comes to an active shooter situation, you have three options: 1) run, 2) hide, or 3) fight.

  1. Run: plan an escape route and follow it. Leave belongings behind. Help others escape if possible, but do not attempt to move the wounded. Keep your hands visible.

  2. Hide: stay hidden in an area out of the shooter’s view. Secure your hiding place as best as you can. Block the entry with furniture, cover any windows, lock the doors, etc. Silence your phone.

  3. Fight: use only as a last resort and when your life is in imminent danger. Incapacitate the shooter. Act with physical aggression, throw items at shooter, improvise weapons, etc. Commit to your actions.

As soon as it is safe to do so, call 911.

Try to remain calm and follow directions from emergency personnel. Drop any items that are in your hands. Raise your hands, spreading your fingers, and keep hands visible at all times. Avoid screaming, asking questions, and making quick movements.