County leaders take steps to prevent violence in our community

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. Recent violent attacks around the nation have happened in schools, malls and other public facilities and if that's your workplace, there are steps you can take to prevent it.

That's exactly why Mesa County is making sure their leaders are getting training for it. Dr. John Nicoletti travels around the country educating people on how to prevent violent situations. If you're a supervisor or manager, you're often on the front line for detecting violent behavior and have a chance to put a stop to it before it happens.

Dr. Nicoletti is a police psychologist who studies violent crimes and uses what he learns to teach others how to recognize and prevent it.

“The main thing we are trying to teach, first of all is detection or awareness, these individuals who do this type of attack give off what we can signals or they broadcast, so once people become aware of a signal then they can move to the next phase which is what we call disruption, how do you prevent an individual and the final part is what do you do if there is an active shooter, how do you survive it," said Dr. Nicoletti.

County facilities are a big part of the community, which is why training county employees is vital.

"Everybody has to interface with the county, whether it's driver’s license or motor vehicle registration," said Dr. Nicoletti.

Keeping county employees and the community safe is exactly why the Mesa County Commissioners put on this training program.

“You don't want to wait until something happens and say oh my God, we could've done this, we could have done that. This is being proactive and I think it's a very good step forward," said Mesa County Commissioner, John Justman.

Mesa County Animal Service Officials have a shelter mascot, a dog named Sherman. He visits with all the guests and officials say Sherman is a way to calm down visitors who sometimes are in the facility for unpleasant reasons.

County leaders in Tuesday's class had a nearly 50 page book, which Dr. Nicoletti used to take them through recent violent incidents around America and Colorado and pointed out ways to detect disruption before it turns into something massive or deadly.

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