Approximately 50 people gathered at the Hull-Daisetta ISD
Auditorium, on March 2nd, as Officer Linda Longoria, of the Daisetta Police
Department and full-time Deputy with Liberty County Sheriff's Office presented
a class entitled Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events.
Longoria has served as a telecommunications operator
(dispatch), for both Liberty County Sheriff's Office and the City of Liberty
Police Department but, more recently, serves as training coordinator, peace
officer, and instructor. Longoria has
served in several different areas of law enforcement over the past seven years.
The CRASE class is designed to challenge civilians to
think outside of the box when confronted with something as frightening and
stressful as being caught in an active shooter situation. While the media focuses mostly on school
shootings, it's important to know that an active shooter can appear virtually
anywhere and at any time - not only in a school. Deputy Longoria focused on actions that
civilians could take to improve their chances to survive and to help save the
lives of others as well.
Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader has made this training
available to all civic organizations, church groups, schools, and workplaces of
all types and the class may be scheduled simply by contacting the Liberty
County Sheriff's Office.
"I believe the sheriff is doing a really great thing
by making this training available to the general public," said Daisetta
Police Chief Mike Parrish. "The sad
truth is that active shooter situations have become far too frequent and, with
an average of 3 minutes before law enforcement arrives, this training provides
civilians with the tools to begin protecting themselves while they wait for
police to get on the scene."
"On behalf of the Liberty County Sheriff's Office
and the Daisetta Police Department, I'd like to take a moment to thank
Hull-Daisetta ISD for providing a venue from which the class could be taught
and also express our gratitude to those who attended the class. I believe that the thing a person takes away
with them, after receiving this training, is a greater understanding of how so
many have been lost during an active shooter event and how so many may have
survived if they'd only been trained to do a few simple things."
The CRASE class will be offered indefinitely by the
Liberty County Sheriff's Office. If
you'd like to schedule a class, please contact the sheriff's office at
CHIEF MICHAEL C. "MIKE" PARRISH
Daisetta Police Department
410 B Main Street / PO Box 549
Daisetta, Texas 77533
Phone: (936) 536-6120
FAX: (936) 536-6031