It is sad that we need these life-saving instructions but a lot has changed in the last 20 years. Whether they are at a mall, school, movie theater, or store, many people in America unfortunately now live in constant fear.

The definition that many organizations use to describe a mass shooting is when there are four or more victims in the incident. Experts estimate that there are over 300 million guns in America and it seems like the list of tragic mass shootings continues to grow.

There are people who have actually calculated your odds of being in a mass shooting. Instead of living your life in fear based on unreliable statistics, it is better to be prepared. The Dutchess County Sheriff's Department is doing what they can to help put your mind at ease and help you have the knowledge and skills needed should you find yourself in an active shooter situation.

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Sheriff Kirk Imperati recently announced that the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office would team up with the Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County. On Thursday night, they hosted a 90-minute training session that was both free and open to the public.
The “Active Shooter and Stop the Bleed” program focused on how to correctly respond to an active shooter situation and how you can help save a victim from bleeding out.
Hopefully, the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office will once again work with the Medical Reserve Corps of Dutchess County to host another session.

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