HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) - Employees at the Houghton County Courthouse took time out of their day to learn from area police officers on what to do in case of a situation involving an active shooter.
"We had what you could consider a refresher course on active threat response for the courthouse. We did the initial training three years ago, but there's been a lot of new faces in the court house so we decided to put it on again," said Charlie Klein, a Deputy with the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department.
With the increase of mass shootings happening in the country, this type of training has been in high demand.
"We've been doing this training for about 7 or 8 years with many different organizations like schools, churches, hospitals, private businesses and government buildings," added Klein.
The officers involved feel that this type of training is important for people in the community to know.
"You can see weekly in our national news that there's acts of mass violence happening throughout the country, so it's important for the public to be able to act in case something happens," said Klein.
One of the most important things in mitigating damages from an active shooter is having a pre made plan, from there it's crucial to remain calm.
"If there is an active shooter in an area where you're at, a big thing is to limit access. Control the access and stop the perpetrator from gaining access to where you are at in the building or wherever you may be," added Klein.