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UIPD teaches about active shooters

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- More people at UI are signing up for active shooter training.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS -- More people at UI are signing up for active shooter training. Campus police have taught three classes in the last week. Officers usually teach them once a month.

They started about five years ago, but recently they have had more of a demand. One of the open classes was Tuesday. That means anyone connected with the University of Illinois can sign up.

UI Police posted information about the class, and it filled up within three days. More than 50 people wanted to learn what to do if an active shooter came into their classrooms. Instructors say when more people know how to handle situations like that, everyone is better off.

The class goes into the history of shooting incidents. It also teaches people about mental health issues and how they can spot potentially dangerous behaviors. Instructors also explain what people can expect from police if an active shooter is in the area.

In many situations, shooters kill themselves once police get nearby. Officers say if people can be trained like them, that could cut down how many people get hurt.

To find out more about the class, click here.
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