Oro Valley church prepares for potential active-shooter situations

Oro Valley church prepares for potential active-shooter situations
Signs indicate no weapons are allowed in St. Odilia Catholic Community. (Source: KOLD News 13)

ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Following the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, FL, St. Odilia Catholic Community is working to prepare in case anything happens in their place of worship.

The church is hosting active-shooter and soft-target training led by the Oro Valley Police Department on Saturday, March 24, starting at 10 a.m. Oro Valley police say this is the third church in the area at which they've led such training this month.

Police say the training will be split into two parts, one part focusing on an active-shooter scenario. I's based on the run, hide, fight model from the Department of Homeland Security.

"Run. Hide. Fight. We don't want people to be a sheep. We don't want people to just be waiting for the police to come save them. We're on our way. But there's going to be that 5- to 10-minute window where you're going to need to take care of yourself," OVPD Lt. Curtiss Hicks said.

The second part of the training focuses on how the church can become a harder target, meaning a less likely place to be target for violence. Police say the overall goal at Saturday's training is to teach people skills to keep themselves safe should anything happen at the church or anywhere else.

"You know, if you're at a grocery store, if you're at a restaurant and this happens, if you're at a sporting event, what things you can do. And it's having a plan in advance so that you don't panic," Lt. Hicks said.

Saturday's training is free and open to people of any faith. If you're interested, contact the church at (520) 297-7271.

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