Sheriff Darren E  Campbell - Iredell Co  (3)

The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is offering a free training course to teach civilians what do in the event of an active shooter.

Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the class, “Civilian Response to Active Shooter,” last week in a Facebook post.

Campbell told the Record & Landmark that the class stems from recent mass shootings that have occurred in the United States. He said that the class has been offered to organizations like churches and businesses, but he thinks that citizens should be prepared in the event of such danger.

“This is another example and another way we want to educate the public,” Campbell said.

The course will explain how to identify and recognize an active shooter, actions that a civilian can take and what should be expected from law enforcement in the scenario, Camobell said. He added that the course would also cover concealed carry laws.

He said that the sheriff’s office has been training for events like mass shootings since the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.

Campbell said participants in the course will know how to “identify and how to react to mass casualty events.”

He also admitted that doing this type of training isn’t the most uplifting activity.

“It’s sad that we live in the times that we have to do this type of training,” he said.

The class will be taught at Iredell County Agriculture Extension Building located at 444 Bristol Drive in Statesville on March 30. Class times are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Those interested should email Campbell at or Capt. Bill Hamby at .

Questions regarding the course can be directed to 704-924-4035.

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