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Jul 15, 2016 1:37 PM

NH active shooter training classes help prepare for terror attacks in wake of Nice

Police departments across New Hampshire have been responding to recent acts of terror - like Thursday's attack in Nice, France - by hosting active shooter training. Safety is paramount in these classes, but officers want to educate Granite Staters about all their options.

The Gilford Police Department along with ALICE, a safety company that helps civilians prepare for aggressive intruders and active shooters, wrapped up its most recent training Friday.

Active shooter courses have become increasingly more popular in the past few months, and instructors admit it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to prep students for every possible scenario.

“It was a new way to hurt people, it hasn’t been done before,” said Marc MacGillivary, a student in the department's class, about the recent attack overseas.

“It’s becoming a common thing in the world these days,” said Casey Hopkins, another a student in the Gilford class.

New Hampshire police departments are working hard to make active shooting training as realistic as possible, prepping New Hampshire residents for the unimaginable.

“I don’t think this can prepare you for anything and everything, but it’s giving you the mental capability that you have options,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins is a high school safety officer in Wolfboro who says he’s anxious to take what he learned in class to educate people on how to protect themselves.

“Just sitting there doing nothing is not going to help save themselves,” said Derek Jones, ALICE's class instructor. “We’re not trying to scare people with this information, we're trying to prepare people because it does happen.”

Classes have been going on all over New Hampshire and usually consist of real life scenarios and classroom time. Students say they highly recommend the classes, but offer a free piece of advice by advising people to simply be more aware of their surroundings.

“Anything can happen anywhere,” MacGillivary said. “I don’t think anyone in France last night thought that something could happen to them.”

You can find more info about ALICE if you’re interested in finding a class near you or want to schedule hosting one yourself.

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