In the wake of the Orlando club shootings last month, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department plans to host a training session next week to teach club and bar owners the proper steps for handling an active shooter.
Pulse nightclub, a gay bar in Orlando, was attacked by an active shooter, killing 49 people June 12. The attack left many clubs, especially those serving the gay community, worried about their own safety.
“We felt it was very important for our agency to reach out to bar owners, employees and management,” said CMPD Deputy Chief Vicki Foster.
Bar owners, managers and employees are encouraged to attend, Deputy Chief Vicki Foster said.
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“To ensure that they had a comfort level if something were to occur, that they would at least have some basic information of what would be important for them to do,” she said.
The seminar is a part of other active shooter trainings CMPD offers. More information about the seminar can be found on CMPD’s website.
Bar owners can face challenges as their patrons may not feel comfortable with police presence. The police hope to use this opportunity to become familiar with local clubs’ layouts, Foster said.
“This is where the discussion will begin,” she said, “where we can do better.”
The seminar will not encourage bar employees to engage with a shooter, recommending evasion or hiding. The seminar has room for around 300 clubs and bars. It will be held at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Academy on Tuesday.
Tyler Fleming: 704-358-5355, @tyler_fleming96