THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - In wake of the mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend, it reminds us that we should always have a plan- for our personal safety. The Thomasville Police Department holds trainings throughout the year to educate themselves and the community.
"It's not a question of if it's going to happen, it's a question of when it's going to happen, so the only thing we can do is prepare ourselves to the best of our ability," said Major Wade Glover of TPD.
The Thomasville Police Department joins forces with the Georgia State Patrol and the Thomas County Sheriff's office to hold multiple active shooter trainings throughout the year. "We have to know what each other agency, what they are going to do, and how they are going to respond. We have to know what everyone else is doing so we can work together," said Glover.
To protect and serve their community as one, if an event like this ever happens in Southwest Georgia. But how prepared are the citizens in the community?
"It's sad to say a lot of times we prepare ourselves as far as law enforcement, but our citizens don't take the necessary steps," Glover said.
The Thomasville Police Department offers a training program called 'CRASE' for people and even businesses in the community. CRASE Stands for Citizens response to active shooter events. It is a program that helps educate, and sets a plan for any future events that could happen.
"It's about a two or three hour block of instruction and it tells us exactly what you need to do as a civilian in the event that one of those active shooters comes into your place of business. The run, hide, and fight principle comes into play."
It also teaches people to be always aware of their surroundings, know where the exits are. The community gets a chance to talk to officers about different tactics of getting out safety.