Target is expanding its active-shooter training to include hundreds of thousands of employees across the country, the company confirmed.
The training was initially conducted among select leaders and security workers at Target stores but was expanded to include all stores, distribution centers, and headquarters employees starting in August.
“At Target, the safety of our guests and team members is our top priority and we take a comprehensive approach to safety that includes team member training, partnerships with law enforcement and the use of technology,” Target spokesperson Jenna Reck said.
Business Insider viewed a document with protocols for handling an active-shooter situation that was handed out to employees at at least one store in California in early August, just days after a deadly shooting claimed 22 lives in a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. A spokesperson confirmed that other training materials were sent to all employees in stores, distribution centers, and headquarters locations.
“It’s sad that our world has come to this,” said a current employee in a New York Target store who recently underwent the training.
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Target recently expanded active-shooter training to hundreds of thousands of workers in its stores, distribution centers, and headquarters, the company confirmed.
The training was previously given to select leaders and security workers at stores and distribution centers but was expanded to include more employees in stores across the country and at its headquarters.
The training officially rolled out between August and October, a spokesperson for the company said.
A current employee in a California Target store sent Business Insider a document that was handed out to employees in his store in early August, outlining procedures for handling an active shooter situation in the store. The procedures in the document were based on the protocols advised by the US Department of Homeland Security.
The employee who shared the document with Business Insider said that he received it in August, just days after a mass shooting in an El Paso, Texas,Walmart left 22 dead and over two dozen others injured.
“There have been about 15 active shooter situations in the US over the last week,” the document reads. “The more prepared we are for this kind of event, the better decisions your team is likely to make …read more
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