John J. Bryfonski, Chief of Police
55 Constitution Drive
Bedford, NH 03110
For Immediate Release
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018
Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Bedford Police to Offer Civilian Response to Active Shooter Training Course
Free CRASE Training Offered to All
BEDFORD, N.H. — Chief John J. Bryfonski announces that the Bedford Police Department will offer community members a training session on civilians reacting to active shooter incidents in October.
The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training is meant to prepare civilians for the possibility that they could be targeted in a violent intruder event, giving them knowledge to help save their own lives and the lives of others in the crucial minutes before law enforcement arrives.
“We have all wondered what we would do if faced with the situation of an individual who is threatening real and imminent harm,” Chief Bryfonski said. “Although there is no perfect model, this course will provide you with choices on what you can do to protect yourself.”
Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m.
Saint Elizabeth Seton Church,190 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford
- Bedford Police Department
- Saint Elizabeth Church Ann Seton Women’s Guild
- Bedford Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Bedford Police Department is offering the class free of charge. Lt. Michael Bernard will be teaching the course.
Participants will learn strategies about how to prepare for and respond to being confined inside a building during a violent intruder event. In addition, information will be provided about how to help law enforcement in such situations and limit casualties.
All individuals, businesses, churches, community groups and other types of organizations are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The course was developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response
Training Center at Texas State University, and was designed around the “Avoid, Deny, Defend” strategy.
Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by emailing [email protected]. Please include how many people you will be attending with.