JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- An active shooter training will be held for in-home daycare providers later this month. It will be the first time the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is teaching the session for daycares.
"Obviously with little children involved you’ve got a little bit of a greater responsibility because you’ve got the little ones you’re looking out for, so we want to make sure that we start with the care providers so they know what to do," said Deputy J.J. Smith with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Smith says it's all about preparation. During the two-hour session he will go over strategies that can be used during an active shooter situation like the run, hide, fight approach.
He's been teaching these classes since 2016, starting with judges and county employees. He said the course material will be very similar for the daycare providers.
"Really, we’re just presenting these concepts and we’re just getting folks to thing about some possibilities, what you could do," said Deputy Smith.
The Colorado Association of Family Child Care set up the class back in January. It will be held on Saturday, April 27 at Bear Valley Church, running from 9:30 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. Additional information can be found on a Facebook event page.
"We have seen a need for this type of training for ten plus years with the changing of the times. We live in a very different world and we need to prepared for anything that will affect our schools as well as our home providers," said Amber Bilby, President of the Colorado Association of Family Child Care.