BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Chemung County Sheriff's office held their first of two "Active Shooter Training for faith based organizations" sessions at the Big Flats Community Center. The sessions aimed at helping residents learn how to spot signs of trouble and what to do if they find themselves in an active shooter situation. According to Sheriff Chris Moss, he believes the number one way to protect yourself and community is to be proactive rather than reactive.
"Plan, plan, plan," said Chemung County Sheriff, Chris Moss. "Have a plan, practice the plan and be able to execute the plan if you ever need to."
The session was open and free to the public, but space was limited to those who signed up ahead of time. But for the residents who were able to attend, they say they learned about different ways they can help prevent active shooter situations.
"One of the things the sheriff talked about was that someone who's going to come into our church, probably is going to be someone that we know," said Park Church Interim Pastor, Rev. James K. Boodley. "If we know them, we can do interventions with them well before an incident happens."
If you missed out on the session tonight, don't worry. Another seminar will be held on February 28.
"I think it was very well-received," said Moss. "Obviously, we'll take it and tweak it. See if we can make any improvements anywhere. At the end of the day, the sheriff's office is there for the citizens, for the churches for the businesses, for the community in general. So if there's anything we can do to help them keep safe, that's our goal."
For more information on how you can sign up for the next session, you can call the Chemung County Sheriff's office at: (607) 737-2987.