ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - St. Louis police have announced a free seminar for schools and businesses on how to react to and prevent school and workplace shootings. It'll be held at Ameren headquarters downtown on Friday, February 15th. Police say businesses and schools will have to per-register.
Police decided to hold the seminar after talking with educators and businesses.
"Businesses and sc hools were really not prepared and not ready for how to prevent workplace violence shootings and school shootings." said Major Joe Spiess of the St. Louis Police Department.
Major Joe Spiess has experience. He was in charge of response to the abb workplace shooting in January, 2010. That shooting left four dead and five injured.
At the seminar, he'll talk about, "Some common sense approaches that hopefully will get us to the point where we're not scooping up bodies and the horrific things that happens during these shooters, shooting events." said Major Joe Spiess.
Not on the agenda; putting guns in schools.
"We discourage guns in schools. That's what we talk about. We have already seen the proliferation of guns throughout our community as an epidemic." said St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.
What will be covered; strategies. Does the school have all doors and windows with alarms connected to the police? Another issue, getting kids out of the school versus locking them down in class.
"It rally depends on the circumstance. you know, if there's an opportunity for a teacher to evacuate their students, we say by all means do it." said Seargant David Glenn.
Police will talk to employers about spotting unstable employees before something happens. It's the kind of training made necessary by each week's new headlines.
St. Louis police will offer response and readiness training to fight gun violence. It's for business and schools. It will take place in two different sessions on Friday February 15th.
The morning session is from 8am until noon. It is for business executives and owners. The afternoon session from 1pm-5pm is for school officials.
Registration information: Violence Prevention and Response Training at Ameren Headquarters
There are only 150 seats for each session so you have to register in advance. Registration is limited and employment will be verified. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your organization's information
More information: Violence Prevention and Response Training at Ameren Headquarters
Press Conference: Announcement of Prevention of Workplace & School Violence Seminars