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Posted on: January 27, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Police Dept. Hosts Active Shooter Presentation Feb. 18

Village of Westmont
Date Issued: Jan. 27, 2014

With the number of violent aggression tragedies that have occurred across our country, the Westmont Police Department will be hosting a community meeting to address the topic: PROTECTING YOURSELF AGAINST AN ACTIVE SHOOTER. The presentation will be held on Tuesday, February 18, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Westmont Police Department, 500 N. Cass Avenue. Citizens will have the opportunity to learn and discuss strategies to protect themselves in these types of dangerous situations.

Although these incidents are rare, a violent encounter or an incident involving gun violence can occur anywhere at anytime and survival may be dependent on one’s response to recognize the crisis and then react quickly. The Westmont Police Department will present several tactics to employ if you were to find yourself at a location where a shooting or violent encounter is occurring.

The most important element to survival is your mental preparation. If you have already thought about what you would do if confronted by an active shooter, then your chances of survival are greatly enhanced. The Westmont Police Department will talk about recent shooting cases and how simple tactics can increase your chances to survive. The ability to disrupt an active shooter’s mindset through sensory overload will add to the options if confronted face to face with the gunman.

The Westmont Police Department invites you to attend and participate in this important conversation. Citizens will have a chance to discuss and ask questions regarding life-threatening situations. Please RSVP to Debra Rice at or 630-981-6363. If you have questions regarding this topic, please contact Sergeant Jim Schlicher at or 630-981-6366.


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Communications Director

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