Vandalia police tackle active shooters, sexting and drugs in new series

The Vandalia Police Department will offer a Summer Safety Series for city residents this summer.

The department has three sessions planned in the series, each with a theme.

The first topic will focus on an active shooter scenario. Participants will learn strategies for if you ever find yourself in an active shooter situation. Residents will learn the “Run, Hide, Fight” method, according to Communications Manager Rich Hopkins.

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The second topic will focus on how to find hidden evidence of drug paraphernalia. This is specific for parents of pre-teens and teenagers. The speaker will give examples of information that is “hidden in plain sight.”

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The final topic will focus on the ongoing issue of sexting, which can also lead to bullying and self-harm. This is another session geared more toward parents of pre-teens and teenagers.

Residents can attend any series with a reservation because seating is limited.

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The series take place on June 14, July 12 and August 16 at the Vandalia Justice Center on James Bohanan Drive at 6 p.m. and will last about an hour. All sessions are free and light refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP for the Summer Safety Series contact Officer Holly Estepp at (937) 415-2272 or email her at

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