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Businesses Learn To Prepare For Active Shooters

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Michael Monks
The River City News
Police train during an active shooter drill in Newport in 2018.

Preparing for the arrival of an active shooter is now seemingly as common on school campuses as tornado or fire drills. So far in 2019, there have been roughly two dozen shootings at schools in which someone was hurt or killed. But America’s propensity for mass violence extends beyond campuses. Workplaces are also targeted and therefore, more employees are being trained on what to do should tragedy clock in.

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is hosting "Workplace Safety Forum: True Preparedness for an Active Shooter."

The forum will detail what a well-prepared business looks like, current trends in attacks and counter-attacks, creating a safety culture, why not being trained is counterproductive, and "the ultimate weapon," of which presenter Fort Thomas Police Lieutenant and Kenton County Regional SWAT team member Chris Carpenter says every business has at least one… maybe.

Carpenter joins Cincinnati Edition to discuss active shooter preparation. He will be joined by Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law Professor Sharlene Boltz, who has worked with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as large retail establishments to train people on how to respond in active shooter situations.

Listen to Cincinnati Edition live at noon M-F. Audio for this segment will be uploaded after 4 p.m. ET.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.