Metro has a training course on active abuser response…here’s why it’s useful now

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Metro community effort has begun in the form of an active abuser response training course. The course is to help educate residents and prepare them for an emergency, which does not have to involve a firearm.

According to the Metro Police, the first step in true self-defense in any violent emergency is to run.

“Run and if you can’t run away, you hide. You have to think ‘Where are the best places to hide?’ said officer Sal Mascoli during the first steps in a violent emergency. “Also improvised weapons in your area. If you have nowhere to go and you can’t hide, what are you going to do? »

Officer Mascoli spearheaded the department’s active attacker response training at Spring Valley Area Command. He spoke to 8 News Now about important lifesaving tools everyone should be aware of.

“At the moment the focus is on active shooters, but it could also be an active assailant. Here in Vegas, let’s go with a homeless man who decides to enter a business and a lot have blades.

The free course is ongoing, but Officer Mascoli says public interest increases when mass shootings occur, which puts law enforcement and other security services on alert.

“Everyone is more aware of their surroundings and suspicious activity and people are reporting it so it can be investigated,” said Eric Golebiewski, vice president of security at Caesars Entertainment.

Public safety was also a primary focus at the Vegas Chamber rally on Wednesday afternoon in honor of June Safety Awareness Month.

“We are under contract with our customers,” said Jonathan Alvarez, the head of Protective Force International, “We cover our jurisdiction of private property and end at the boundary of the customers’ property, but we work hand in hand with the police.”

Officer Mascoli said that in an emergency it is crucial to stay focused.

“Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.”

The training is free and takes place monthly. Participants must confirm their attendance in advance by sending an e-mail to [email protected] More information can be found on the Subway website.

Denise W. Whigham