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Active shooter trainings offered to houses of worship

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 20:42:53-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Members of the Chabad of Poway believe the Sheriff’s Department active shooter training that was held for the congregation in October saved lives over the weekend.

Sheriff Bill Gore says other places of worship can receive the same training.

“These type of incidents usually make people take a step back, look at their own security procedures and reach out to law enforcement,” says Gore. “We welcome that type of contact.”

Since 2017, the Sheriff’s Department has held at least 200 training sessions, speaking to over 13,000 people around the county.

Poway Mayor Steve Vaus and Rabbi Goldstein held the active shooter training with the Sheriff’s Department in response to the deadly shooting the synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“There's no doubt in his mind and in my mind that that training saved lives to get out or hide,” says Vaus.

Sheriff Gore says the biggest tip is always to stay vigilant.

“I don’t care where you are in the county of San Diego; we’re ready to work with you to develop a security plan to make your facility, to make your house of worship as safe as it possibly can.”

If your place of worship is interested in one of these trainings, you can contact the crime prevention specialist at the Sheriff’s Department or the closest substation in your area.