Denison Police will host an active shooter information program on March 15, the first in a series of monthly presentations intended to help members of the public remain safe and help others in the event of a shooting.


The hour-long classes will be held in the Denison Police Department’s Community Room and begin at 6:30 p.m.. Classes will be limited to roughly 20 percents. Citizens, business employees, church staff and school officials are encouraged to attend. There is no cost to participate in the program.


“With all the things that have been going on as of late with the active shooter incidents, we just wanted to give the public some information on options they might have or ways they can react if they got caught in or observed a situation like that,” Lt. Mike Eppler said.


The department’s announcement to host the classes comes just weeks after 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were shot to death by a 19-year-old gunman. Eppler said the local classes will equip participants with knowledge and safety techniques that can be used in a variety of settings.


“A lot of the focus is, of course, on schools right now,” Eppler said. “But it happens other places as well, and we want to prepare people no matter where they are.”


Those interested in attending are asked to send an email to policedept@cityofdenison.com ahead of their desired class date. The Denison Police Department is located at 108 West Main Street. For additional information, call Eppler at 903-465-2422.