STAMFORD — The first public event to be held at the city’s new police headquarters will be a class for religious and business organizations on active shooter awareness.

Acting Chief Tom Wuennemann said with shooting events unfolding across the county it makes sense to impart the department’s knowledge of these situations in hopes of heading off any such incidents in Stamford.

“Unfortunately, around the country there are a lot of active shooter incidents and people are scared, naturally, and there are a lot of companies who have asked our district commanders to come to them and give classes on active shooter training. We are inundated with (requests),” Wuennemann said.

As a result, the police department will hold a class at police headquarters on Oct. 17, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., for about 75 participants with a maximum of four participants per company.

The class will be conducted by Sgt. Brendan Phillips along with other officers in the department who will go over early warning signs employees may exhibit, how to plan for such an event and how to know what actions need to be taken during an incident.

“It will also go over what you should expect from first responders, from when the police, fire and EMS show up, what our response will be,” Wuennemann said.

The event is free and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

“It seems like every day you turn on the news — another one of these events is happening,” Wuennemann said. “This class will be geared toward businesses and religious organizations.”

Those interested in attending are asked to email reservations to the department’s Training Division at SPDTraining@StamfordCT.gov or call Sgt. Kelly Connelly at 293-977-4422.

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