Vandalia Police offer free active shooter training

VANDALIA — The Vandalia Division of Police are offering an class to local businesses on how to respond to an active shooting incident. The course is free and open to all businesses and individuals who live, work, worship, or attend school in Vandalia and Butler Township. The class will be held on Wednesday, June 24 at 9 a.m. in the Vandalia Police Department training room.

“There has been a rising trend in active shooter incidents since 2001, with 197 incidents as of the latest statistics in 2013,” said Vandalia Crime Prevention Officer Douglas Nagel.

An active shooter is defined by the Department of Homeland Security as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”

Nagel said that the training will last approximately one hour and is designed specifically for businesses.

“The training is straight forward and to the point and designed not to take the whole day,” said Nagel.

Topics include personal safety, active shooter stereotypes, what is considered a weapon, knowing surroundings, and more.

Nagel said that additional training sessions are planned for July and August and more will be added if demand exists.

Registration is limited to 40 people. To reserve your spot, contact Nagel at 937-415-2272 or by email at