By Leah Banks 

PEACHTREE CITY — With the climate of the country, many people have felt on edge with the sudden increase in active shooter situations and incidences. Keeping this in mind, a local church has opened its doors to educate members of the community on what to do if the danger comes close to home. 

On June 21, The Peachtree City Police Department has partnered with PTC3 to host a Civilian Response to the Active Shooter Event (CRASE) class. The course will discuss the mindset for a critical incident as well as the “Avoid, Deny, Defend” protocol for an active shooter. 

According to the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, the program was started given that many citizens began asking what individuals could do to protect themselves and reduce the dangers that could be faced during one of these events. 

As a response, the “Avoid, Deny, Defend” protocol was developed to be an easy to remember method for individuals to follow. 

The course was developed and built on this protocol in 2004. As a program, it provides strategies, guidance, and a plan for surviving an active shooter event. 

Topics of the course include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, the role of professional guardians, civilian response options, medical issues and drills, according to the ALERRT website. 

Given the sensitive nature of the topic, department officials advise attendees to use their discretion in bringing people under the age of 18. According to the Facebook post provided by the Peachtree City Police Department, “if a participant is under the age of 18, they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.” 

The event will be held at Peachtree City Christian Church from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is open to both adults and juveniles. 

The sign-up for the event is located on the Peachtree City Police Department and Peachtree City Fire Rescue Facebook page.