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Across the country, millions of people attend school and work safely every day.

Tragically, in light of events locally and across the world, police agencies must now be prepared for the unthinkable. 

Both in our schools, and increasingly in our places of work, worship, and recreation, individuals with violent intent bring tragedy into our daily lives.

The French Lick Resort has generously provided local and area first responders a venue to conduct an Active Shooter Event training, which will be held on February 26th.

First responder agencies from around Orange County will gather for a half-day training event, which will help local law enforcement, fire and EMS to learn and train together in preparing to respond to an active shooter event in, should one ever occur our community.

The Orange County Sheriff Department, French Lick and West Baden Police and Fire Departments, Orange County EMS and the Indiana State Police will all be taking part in the training.

The general public should expect to see higher numbers of police, fire and EMS personnel and vehicles in the area throughout the day.

It is our hope that none of us are ever faced with a situation where these skills must be put to the test, but preparation is key to prevention and a positive outcome should we ever be faced with this type of situation.

Since the spring of 2013, the Indiana State Police has provided free presentations on Unarmed Response to Active Shooter Events.

These presentations are offered for schools, businesses, and places of worship.

If you wish to schedule a program, please visit the Active Shooter Preparedness page on the Indiana State Police website: http://www.in.gov/isp/3191.htm.