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Arrested Developments: Decatur PD to hold active shooter training

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, April 13, 2019
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The Decatur Police Department wants local churches to be prepared in case of an active shooter situation.

The department will hold active shooter training for the faith-based community 6 to 9 p.m. April 29 at First Baptist Church in Decatur.

Lt. Delvon Campbell explained that the course will follow the “avoid, deny, defend” method to deal with an active shooter situation.

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While I’d heard of this method, I had to look it up to see exactly what it means. Generally, “avoid” means to be aware of your surroundings and get as far away from the threat as soon as possible. “Deny” means to create barriers between yourself and the threat. If the first two points are not an option, “defend” means what it sounds like – prepare to defend yourself and fight for survival.

“Unfortunately in these times we live in, you shouldn’t have to think about these things, but you have to,” Campbell said.

The course will also include a “stop the bleed course” to treat the wounded until help arrives.

Anyone interested in attending the course should RSVP with Campbell at 940-393-0300 by April 26.

While this course will focus on faith-based organizations, the department also has an active shooter training event scheduled for May 7 at Wise Health System.

BACK THE BLUEBONNETS

I’ve noticed a trend this year of law enforcement officers posing in fields of bluebonnets and posting them on social media with the hashtag #BackTheBluebonnets.

And the trend has officially reached Wise County.

Bridgeport Police Department was apparently the first local department to have officers posing amongst our official state flower. In their social media posts, they then challenged the Decatur Police Department, Roanoke Police Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

Within a few hours, Decatur PD had responded to the challenge and even upped the ante by including the Decatur Fire Department as well posing in a field of bluebonnets. They also managed to plug a newly-opened convenience store in town.

I can report that Monday, Roanoke PD answered Bridgeport PD’s challenge, sort of. Their post says “It would take a detective to find bluebonnets in Roanoke just so we could answer the challenge by Bridgeport Police Department,” which includes a photo of a detective holding a magnifying glass in what I’m pretty sure is a photoshopped picture of bluebonnets.

Your move, Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

DRUG RAID UPDATE

Perhaps the deputies at the sheriff’s office have been a little busy the past week.

On April 4, the sheriff’s office made a series of raids that resulted in the arrest of 10 people on various charges related to drugs and stolen firearms. We had that story in last weekend’s paper.

This week, some additional charges were filed in the case.

Patrick Patterson, who had been arrested for burglary of a habitation last week, now has seven additional charges of theft of a firearm.

Timothy Perry, who had been arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 in the amount 4 to 200 grams, is also being held on a manufacturing or delivery of a controlled substance in penalty group 1 in an amount of 4 to 200 grams warrant stemming from an earlier arrest.

Brian Knox is the Messenger special projects editor.

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