POLICE Magazine

JAN 2019

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24 POLICE JANUARY 2019 YEARS PAST ENGAGING YOUR COMMUNITY WITH DEPARTMENTAL CRIME PRE- VENTION INITIATIVES WAS PRETTY SIMPLE. You hosted a community meet- ing and offered up your staple products. Most of these were boiler plate speeches with everyday burglary prevention advice. Today, there's a "new nor- mal," with community groups, the business community, and all of our customers demanding more intensive crime prevention programs. For me, as chief of police for Ephrata, PA, the new normal is to prepare for the possibility and train for the probability of active shooter incidents. And this new normal includes talking to community groups about these attacks. What most adults, business leaders, and the clergy at houses of worship have re- alized is that their children and grandchildren have more training in active shoot- er reaction than they do. And they believe it is time to learn. ey want to know how to respond to and hopefully survive such an event. Of course, when I am speaking to community groups, I am likely to have people in the audience who believe "it will never happen here" in Lancaster County, PA, and they can be quite vocal in expressing those beliefs. I say two things to these naysayers. One, we live and work in the county where the Nickel Mines Amish ILLUSTRATION: GETTY IMAGES It may take some effort to convince people that attacks can happen in your town, but educating them in how to respond can be very beneficial to them and you. TALKING TO THE COMMUNITY ABOUT ACTIVE SHOOTERS WILLIAM L. "BILL" HARVEY In

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