UNL Police Hold Active Shooter Training

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Would you know what to do if an active shooter came into your workplace or school? UNLPD is trying to get more people to answer that question with a "yes". Monday they held an active shooter training session.

The message was clear: run, hide, fight. In that order.

Officer Koan Nissen said trainings like these help people fight back when there's a threat.

Back in February 2011 police got a call of an active shooter on UNL's campus.

"University Police received a telephone call saying there was a male person with two guns on the 8th floor of Oldfather Hall," then Assistant Chief Carl Oestmann said at the time.

Three years later, and several terrifying school shootings around the country, UNLPD tries to hold as many training sessions as it can to teach students and staff how to stay safe.

"I want to make sure that our community had the resources they needed to have in the unlikely event of an active shooter event," said Nissen.

That's what brought Kara Danforth to the training.

"It's extremely important for us many members of the UNL community to have that knowledge because you never know when you might need it," she said.

Danforth isn't a stranger to crisis situations. She said she's experienced a few incidents. None catastrophic, but all scary.

"It's panicky, but if you stay calm and learn to just breath and get through it and stay calm and not let your emotions take place that's really helpful," she said.

Today's session had only six people, but Nissen said that's not a problem.

If I can't get to the students, perhaps I can get to the professors or the professional staff who have the ability to reciprocate and put this information back out," said Nissen.

There will be another active shooter training Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Nebraska Union in the Heritage Room.


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