Sheriff Jesse Jahner explains active shooter training course for businesses

FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – The shooting at Plaza Azteca has raised a lot of safety concerns, and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office wants to allay some concerns.

The department offers active shooter training to all businesses in the area.

“The majority of these situations occur in a professional context. So we really want to partner with our businesses to bring that training to them,” says Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with Fargo Police, West Fargo Police and Essentia Health to provide active shooter/active threat training to businesses.

“It’s going to introduce them to medical techniques that they could use to help other people who might be injured in this type of situation,” says Jahner.

He says it’s done to mentally prepare people for a rapidly changing situation.

“It will also prepare people for evacuation methods they might use. Different types of barricade methods they could use, whether it’s doors or things like that. Plus, in the background, taking back control as a last option if someone needed to do that,” says Jahner.

The training session lasts two hours.

It’s for all types of businesses. 43 of the territory have already benefited from it since the launch of the program in 2019.

“Anytime someone can get training to protect themselves in any type of situation, that’s going to be very important, whether it’s in a professional setting or you’re individually,” says Jahner.

For the sessions, every employee is encouraged to get involved.

“It will only work if everyone is on the same page and doing the same thing,” says Jahner.

He adds that it also helps law enforcement.

“It’s going to make our response time more efficient and help us in the situation,” says Jahner.

He says they typically train one to two companies a month, but recent local and national events have caused an increase in the number of people seeking training.

If your company would like to set up training, you can contact the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 701-241-5800.

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Denise W. Whigham