Merriam business owners to participate in active shooter training

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

MERRIAM, Kan. --In wake of the San Bernardino shootings, the Merriam police department is preparing business owners for an active shooter scenario Friday.

There are two training sessions scheduled at the Merriam Visitor's Bureau, one at 9 a.m. the other at 2 p.m. According to police, several business owners requested the training following last month's workplace shootings in San Bernardino.

During the training, some of the business owners will be taught what to do if an active shooter event happens in their shop.

The training will cover the basics of how to react in an active shooter situation, or other hostile event. Police officers will also inform business owners how to interact with officers when they arrive on the scene in an effort to save lives and minimize confusion in what certainly would be a hectic environment.

“Our top priority is keeping the community safe, and businesses play a big role in the Merriam community,” Merriam Police Chief Michael Daniels said. “This is the type of training we hope nobody has to use, but it’s always better to be prepared.”

The training sessions are free and will last approximately one hour.