Shooter Training with Sac PD at Pubs, Clubs and Bars

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SACRAMENTO -- It's a scenario no one thinks will happen to them. A man with a gun suddenly opens fire in a place of business. Thankfully though, there are a team of men and women who go over just that type of situation within the city's police department.

They call themselves the Entertainment Team, and for the past six years they've been helping local night-life spots with security detail. Everything from dealing with intoxicated people, to fake IDs, and now an active shooter situation.

"Having those first initial people, the staff, the door, security officials, managers. To be prepared to understand the dynamics of an incident like that, and to have a plan ready," noted Lane Polete a sergeant with the Sacramento Police Department.

In light of the recent shootings, like the one at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Sacramento business leaders gathered Thursday at police headquarters to go over different situations, and what to do, if their establishments were to be taken over by an active shooter.

"When you're dealing with people where there is alcohol involved, or drugs involved as often in our business..something could set someone off, and it could escalate really quickly," explained John Demme who is the General Manager for Pizza Rock, Dive Bar, and District 30 along K Street downtown.

"As responsible operators, we need to know everything," noted Bob Simpson who owns six local businesses downtown, including Social. "We are the one's that are sober, we need to direct folks in the right way. We need to advise the police with what is going on."

Thursday's classroom setting was mostly a meetings of the minds. To go over, step-by-step, just how fast a situation like the one in Orlando got out of hand, and all the challenges facing local law enforcement as they arrive on scene.

"They're instrumental," said Sergeant Polete, talking about bar or restaurant staff. "If we're not there immediately, or on scene immediately, they're the first people patrons and people on-scene will be turning to."

The staff can ultimately take a very active role in preventing the loss of life or injury in an active shooter, or mass-casualty event. The goal of Thursday's seminar was to make sure local businesses had a plan in place, just in case.

"It doesn't have to be anything extravagant," said Demme. "But to just have the idea if something happens ... what can we do, what are we going to do, and where can we direct people."