Berlin, MD – Last week on August 27, 2021 prior to the students return, Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) faculty and staff participated in CRASE (Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events) training.
Maryland State Police Sgt. Stephen Hallman presented the difficult topic of an active shooter situation, and the ways to increase the chances of surviving such an event, while also protecting students. Also in attendance was Cpl. Eric Lenz, Sgt. Jason Crowe and Lt. Earl Starner of the Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack.
The CRASE course is designed and built around the “Avoid, Deny, Defend” strategy developed by Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center in 2004. This course provides strategies, guidance, and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues, and considerations for conducting drills. The CRASE course is an instructor led, question and answer session geared toward churches, businesses, and public organizations.
“IN order to provide an educational environment conducive to higher learning, safety has to remain our number one priority,” Head of Upper School Mike Grosso said. “Along with the drills that we practice and the codes that we have in place, this was a wonderful opportunity for us to host the event and be more prepared incase of an emergency.”
To learn more about CRASE training, or to schedule a course for your business, organization or community please contact MSP Sgt. Hallman at 410-202-9670 or Lt. Starner at 443-496-0258.
Sgt. Hallman has earned multiple certifications in the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) program based in San Marcos, TX. He is a certified instructor for ALERRT’s Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE), as well as a certified trainer for Incident Responses to Terrorist Bombings from New Mexico Tech’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center.
Founded in 1970, WPS is a private, independent Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 School, located in Berlin, Maryland. Approximately 500 students attend from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia. For more information about WPS, please visit www.worcesterprep.org or call 410.641.3575.