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PORTAGE — The Police Department will be hosting an Active Shooter Survival Guide for Teachers, Administrators and Office Staff workshop.

Chief Troy Williams said the two-hour workshops will be open to anyone, but are geared toward school staff and those who work in office settings.

The class will be held four times in March and April. The classes will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 13 and 20 and April 10 and 17. There is no cost to attend. They will be held at the Portage Police Station, 6260 Central Ave.

This training will enhance the ability to survive an active assailant and help protect those under your care and directions, Williams said. 

The workshops will be taught by the department's school safety specialists, defensive tactics instructors, SWAT members and Williams.

The goal is for those attending to gain a better understanding of self reliance, learn basic first-aid techniques, develop an understanding of police response protocols, enhance communication methods, learn how to harden a target and increase self-defense concepts.

Anyone interested in attending should call Debbie Bolin at 219-764-5713 or email her at with the desired date of attendance.


Porter County reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for more than 38 years, including 23 years with The Times. She covers municipal and school government in Valparaiso and Portage.