Palestine: Police plan to host free gun course

Published on Friday, 7 March 2014 00:23 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Palestine Police Department is planning to host a free civilian gun training course.

The department sent officers to a training class in Waco this week known as C.R.A.S.E (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events), according to a news release from the department. The training was conducted by the Allert Center — Texas State University. Police Sgt. Gabriel Green, Sgt. Jeremy Jenkins and School Resource Officer Joseph Tinsley attended the free training and agreed to initiate a training program to the public in the near future, the release states.

“We’re trying to spearhead an initiative that not only includes emergency personnel, but the entire community to ensure that training is made available to save lives,” Green said. “This will be achieved by working in conjunction with the community as a whole. Our goal is to present methods which should increase survival through training and awareness.”

This training was created this year to give officers the ability to train residents and give them the tools to react appropriately in the wake of a event similar to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, according to the department.

The training was free to law enforcement officers, and will be free to the public.

Dates for the first event are not scheduled, but interested people who want to receive the training should can Donna Thornell at 903-731-8436 or dsthornell@palestine-tx.org to be placed on a notification list.