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Target expands active-shooter training to all stores in the US

All employees will complete an annual training.

Target is training all of its employees to respond in an active-shooter situation. 

The Minnesota-based company told Business Insider that the training was initially just for select leaders and security workers, but now the training will be provided to all employees at Target stores, distribution centers, and business headquarters. 

"The training follows the guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is something we've provided to our security teams for many years," Target said in a statement. "At Target, the safety of our guests and team members is our top priority."

The company said it evaluates its emergency prepared and response training every year, and it started rolling out these updated trainings between October and August of this year. 

According to KSTP, every new employee will receive this active-shooter training, with existing staff revisiting the training annually. 

A Target employee in California told Business Insider that training was announced in their store in August, just days after 22 people died and numerous others were injured in a mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart.

"There have been about 15 active shooter situations in the US over the last week," read a document from the store. "The more prepared we are for this kind of event, the better decisions your team is likely to make if ever confronted with it."

Target isn't the only retailer implementing these training programs. Walmart offers active-shooter training during employee orientation and on a quarterly basis after that, a spokesperson said in an interview following the El Paso shooting. 

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