In the wake of two mass shootings within 12 hours, the Church Point Police Chief is offering free training for active shooter situations.
The chief tells KATC he wants his community to be better protected in the event of a mass shooting.
Chief Dale Thibodeaux says although he hopes a situation like that never happens, its important to be prepared.
According to the chief, most mass shootings are over in about two minutes. But for a small town like Church Point, the average response time is about three minutes.
The chief is offering training sessions to teach people what to do before law enforcement arrives.
"If you don't know what to do, you're going to be, like, a deer in the headlights. But, if you're trained on what to do, no matter how little of training do you have, at that instance, your mind will recall that training on what to do," Thibodaux says.
Thibodeaux says he's offering these classes to local businesses and schools. He's already held four classes in Church Point, and one in Lafayette.
If you're interested in receiving that training, call the police department at (337) 684-2074.