From STAFF REPORTS

As a service to our citizens, the Johnson City Police Department will offer free safety awareness training 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Memorial Park Community Center dining room, 510 Bert St., Johnson City.

This two-hour training will enhance awareness on how individuals should prepare, prevent, and react during a shooting or mass attack in business settings or other environments. JCPD officers who have received specialized training on providing instructions to civilians, business owners and their employees, and religious organizations will conduct this training.

“We are proactively partnering with the community to raise awareness on safety options in a worst case scenario. These incidents can happen anywhere and adversely impact the quality of life. We want our community to know how to react and how law enforcement would respond should an incident occur,” Chief Karl Turner said.

Topics covered will include: the history of these events, civilian response options, information about the body’s physiological response to stressful situations, what to expect from law enforcement when they respond, and what officials need from the public in order to control the situation as safe and quickly as possible.

Participants must be at least 18 to attend. Seating is limited and preregistration is required. Please register by contacting Planning and Research Manager Heather Brack at (423)434-6105 or hbrack@johnsoncitytn.org.