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Roswell city employees, residents attend active threat training

Leonard Tapia
September 20, 2017 07:15 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. -- What should you do in an active shooter situation? It's a scary question, but an important one.

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That's why the Roswell Police Department's SWAT Team provided active threat training for city employees and residents.

"Being aware of what to do makes it that much easier and quicker to take those actions in the midst of an actual situation rather than thinking what should I do," said Todd Wildermuth, the public information officer for the City of Roswell.

The training comes weeks after a gunman killed two librarians and wounded four others inside the Clovis-Carver Public Library.

"I think this training is important to, for us, to be vigilant because at any time it can happen to us,” said Monica Garcia, a Roswell city employee. "Now we're really seeing that, especially with our Berrendo [Middle School] shooting and our neighbors in Clovis."

City officials said they wanted their employees to be sure people know what to do in a life-or-death situation.

"I think this is important in another aspect and that is if people begin to get training, it will be less likely that people will do these types of things, simply because they know they are going to encounter resistance,” said Rebecka Hicks, a city employee.

Around 200 city employees received the training, and 60 residents also opted in. Wednesday’s training sessions were the last, but the police department is reviewing security measures and emergency plans of buildings throughout the city.  

"You just have to be aware of your surroundings now," Garcia said. "And it's unfortunate but it's the world we live in today."

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