Since the 1990s, the Prince William County Police Department has been offering safety seminars for houses of worship.
The quarterly training was originally designed for keeping houses of worship safe from vandalism, but as shootings at synagogues, churches, and mosques have become more common, officers are including active shooter training.
“What we’re teaching is not specific to houses of worship,” said Sergeant Jonathan Perok. “You can take this and use it anywhere.”
Officers train community members to run first, hide second, and fight if absolutely necessary.