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Sacramento Sheriff Scott Jones Kicks Off Event Series To Help Prevent Mass Shootings

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

A mass shooter prevention and response training was held by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department on March 1 at Capital Christian Center.

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office held the first of six local seminars last night at Capital Christian Center with the goal of helping people prevent and respond to mass shootings.

Sheriff Scott Jones says some of the preventative measures are simple. "Oftentimes, services have many volunteers that attend parking lot duty, and ushers — and someone assigned to security to be outside of the structure during the service — just to have a set of eyes looking outward instead of everybody looking inward,” he said.

Exit strategies, lighting, surveillance systems and identification of suspicious activity were also discussed.

Peter Grimes, a deacon at a Sacramento-area church, said he appreciated the advice and tips.

“We had actually pursued some information like this; there's a lot of companies out there that provide this information. But it costs,” he said.

About 100 people attended the event.

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