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Largo police department offers public training for active shooter situations

By Kathryn Varn

LARGO — A police department training Nov. 18 for residents to learn strategies to survive in the event of an active shooter is full, but officials are asking interested people to contact the department to potentially hold another class.

The training, called ALICE — Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate — will cover information about active shooting incidents, physical drills and passive versus proactive response strategies, according to a department flier.

The class, which is free for Largo residents and business owners, is normally held about every six months. Sgt. John Trebino, who is in charge of the training, said the department would consider hosting one sooner if there is enough interest. Businesses and organizations such as churches can contact the department as well for training at their facilities.

Trebino said the department generally sees spikes after mass shootings, including last weekend’s at a small church in Texas.

"It’s just a wake-up call," he said. "If we keep getting the interest that we’re getting, we’ll definitely try to accommodate another class as soon as we can."

Those interested in participating can contact Officer Vu Tran at [email protected] or (727) 587-6730.