The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been nominated for the 68th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for its production of a public service video, “Surviving an Active Shooter.”
“Surviving an Active Shooter” was nominated in the Independent Programming category. The nomination also recognizes the work of Sgt. Harry Drucker, executive producer, and video production specialist Vance Kotrla, producer.
The video was produced in 2015 and provides members of the public with potentially life-saving information on how to respond if they find themselves in an “active shooter” situation. The situations have become increasingly common in recent years, which prompted the creation of the film.
“Surviving an Active Shooter” can be viewed at www.activeshooter.lasd.org, as well as on the LA36 Los Angeles County Channel and YouTube. Because it was broadcast on LA36, it became eligible for Los Angeles-area Emmy consideration.
“One has to acknowledge the team effort that went into the production,” said Drucker, who supervises the department’s Video Production Unit. “We had hundreds of volunteers from crew to actors and the Video Production Unit who worked long hours on a very small budget to produce something that has had an actual impact in the world, and for that we are very proud.”
Since its release, the video has been embraced nationwide, with multiple law enforcement agencies, organizations, first responder groups, and public and private companies incorporating the film into their employee training programs. It was also the subject of a presentation given at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas.
“I think this is a great honor and a testament to the high standards that the Video Production Unit holds itself to,” said Kotrla, who wrote and directed the nine-minute video. “I hope that this will get the video in front of even more eyes, and continue to help spread its message.”
The 68th Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards ceremony will be held at the Television Academy on Saturday, July 23. For information, visit www.emmys.com.
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