Officer addresses seniors

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Manila Officer James Skinner addresses senior citizens.

Manila Police Officer and school resource officer Captain James Skinner was the guest speaker at the Manila Senior Citizen center on Wednesday morning discussing options on what to do in the event of an active shooter incident.

He said he was not there to tell them what to do but to discuss options. Officer Skinner said most active shooter's classes he had attended are geared toward schools but shootings have happened in churches, fast food restaurants, malls, stores, and community centers.

"It can happen anywhere," he said.

He encouraged them to be familiar with their building. He also said greeters serve two missions, one to welcome people and another to observe anything that might be out of the ordinary.

Officer Skinner answered questions from the senior citizens and encouraged them to trust their instinct.

"Don't argue with anyone that is angry," he said. "The keyword is to be safer."

He also offered tips on police officer identification saying officers do not mind showing their badge which should always match up with their identification.

"If you ever need one of our officers, do not hesitate to call," he said. "Manila has an officer on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

Site director Lois Hunter and seniors thanked Officer Skinner for his time and helpful tips.

"I think Manila has the best police and fire department anywhere," Sonja McCormick said. "We appreciate all you do."

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