CHICO, Calif. - Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien released a statement regarding the recent mass shootings in America and the local response in Chico.
See his full statement below:
In consideration of the devastating mass shooting incidents in Texas and Ohio, I wanted to take a moment to both reassure and remind our community of the readiness of their public safety personnel to respond to these threats, and the importance of reporting potential threats if they see or hear anything suspicious.
Within the past month, the Chico Police and Fire Departments, in conjunction with Chico Unified, conducted Active Shooter training involving several hundred of our regions police officers, firefighters, school district and hospital staff. In addition to the training, we have equipped our officers and firefighters with active shooter response equipment, which is designed for rapid deployment to a threat. This preparedness has been and will remain a priority for us all.
The other critical component of preparedness is the willingness of community members to report suspicious activity. The most successful response to active shooter type threats is the one that prevents them from happening. Your law enforcement professionals need your help to do that most effectively. We take every report seriously but cannot investigate if we are not notified. Family, friends and co-workers often become aware of suspicious behavior before we do. Providing that information can be critical, and potentially lifesaving. The adage “See something, say something”, has never been more important.
I understand the concern these incidents cause to every community. I share that same concern. It is important however that our shared concern is directed into action, action such as preparedness and reporting. We must all remain vigilant to keep our community safe from these terrible events.