Local Sheriff fields requests for added security in wake of San Bernardino shooting

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OWEN COUNTY, Ind. (Dec. 10, 2015) -- In the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, one Indiana Sheriff is fielding requests for extra security.

Owen County Sheriff Sam Hobbs (R) said that after the shooting, he started getting more calls, including some from businesses that wanted protection.

"Is that what I do? Do I go to parties and protect our citizens, stuff like that? Is that what it’s come to? Unfortunately, yes, that’s what it is coming to," Hobbs said.

Hobbs said he will be at the county's annual holiday party and that he has also worked to make his officers more visible in the community since he took office.

"Sometimes I have officers who are willing to volunteer their time to be at certain events or at businesses," Hobbs said.

Other Sheriffs, as well as Indianapolis Homeland Security officials, tell FOX59 that they have not had specific requests for security, but that they have fielded more requests for active shooter training after mass shootings across the country.

"Only recently has that started evolving into workplaces and public venues," Hendricks County Sheriff (R) Brett Clark said.

That's why Clark posted a training video on his Department's Facebook page Thursday.

"I am certain people are talking about it, so I felt it was important to get that word out there so people are thinking about it and preparing for ... the worst," Clark said.

Hobbs agreed, saying that thanks to his partnership with county officials and citizens, more people than ever are getting on board to try and prevent a local tragedy, whether through training, awareness or participating in neighborhood watch groups.

"I think the tide is changing. I think people are getting tired of just sitting by and not doing anything," Hobbs said.

For more information about active shooter training and how to get help, visit the Indiana Department of Homeland Security website at the link here.

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