DANSVILLE — Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has been training civilians how to respond to an active shooter eventaround the local areas.

Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty said, “Starting in 2016 the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office started training civilians on how they should handle an active shooter event. This training started with the county workforce and has now expanded to other entities. The Sheriff’s Office has trained over 750 civilians to date.”

Sheriff’s Sergeant Aaron Galvin began presenting Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) in early 2016 to the county employees. CRASE was created by Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) based at the Texas State University.

CRASE teaches the strategy of Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD), a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. The Sergeant is a certified CRASE, ALERRT level one and two and Exterior Response to Active Shooter Events (ERASE) Instructor.

Deputy Bob Holt and Deputy Brittany Smyder, both certified CRASE instructors, have also presented these trainings to school officials in their roles as School Resource Officers (SROs).

Recently, the Sheriff’s Office partnered with several local church groups in the county to bring this valuable training to members of the community that attend church gatherings. Three regional trainings were held reaching over 250 people through Sergeant Galvin’s efforts, as well as Chief Deputy Jason Yasso.

Sheriff Dougherty would like to thank the county entities, church leaders and schools that made this training possible and in particular the York Central School, the Grace Baptist Church in Dansville and St. Columba’s Church in Caledonia for hosting the past three church trainings.

“This is part of our comprehensive plan regarding safeguarding and preparing our citizens for an active shooter,” stated Sheriff Dougherty. “We will continue these trainings in hopes that it will never have to be utilized but if it does, our residents and school officials will know exactly what to do.”