Vincennes University hosting talk on what to do during active shooter situation

Vincennes University hosting talk on what to do during active shooter situation

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September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019 / Vincennes University hosting talk on what to do during active shooter situation

VINCENNES, Ind. – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent James Soper will share his expertise about what to do in the case of an active shooter during a presentation on Sept. 27 at the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center.

The event is from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at 20 W. Red Skelton Blvd. located on the Vincennes University campus. It is free and open to the public.

Soper, a Vincennes University alumnus, will educate people on how to respond and survive during acts of violence such as robberies, workplace violence, and active shooter and hostage situations.

He will present Avoid Deny Defend, the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Program developed at Texas State University. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.

Law enforcement officers in Indiana can receive continuing education hours for attendance.

Soper is assigned as the Division Tactical Advisor for the ATF Detroit Field Division, which consists of coordinating and instructing all tactical training for agents and Task Force Officers. This includes active shooter response training.

He served with the Indiana State Police prior to the ATF.

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