Kentucky State Police Roll Out Active Shooter Safety Program

By: Olivia Fecteau Email
By: Olivia Fecteau Email

GREENUP COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Recent school shooting tragedies across the country are highlighting the need for emergency plans and training. Kentucky State Police are rolling out a school safety program across the state to provide that training to schools at no charge.

“[Classroom] training the day before, a three-hour block of training on how to respond, and then they were actually able to go in and role play the part of victims in an active shooter scenario,” KSP Capt. James Stephens said.

The program, announced this week in Louisville, gives schools options of four different levels of training for emergencies, including an on-site review of an emergency plan, help in going through lockdown drills, recommendations and training for how teachers should handle an active shooter situation.

At Greenup County High School, administrators have already gone through most of those levels with state and local police. On Wednesday, they decided teachers would go through active shooter training in December. School administrators took part in that training during the summer.

“Nothing is static,” Scarlet Shoemaker, the Safe Schools director for the district, said. “Every time there's any type of an incident or there may be some type of an incident, we go back and review every step of that process and strengthen it.”

Stephens said simulated gunfire would be used for active shooter training to help teachers practice their response before the situation actually happens.

“We often refer to it as stress inoculation because I can get them as close to a real scenario as possible without it being a real event,” Stephens said. “They have already been in that situation to some degree mentally, and we always know that it's better to recreate a plan than to create.”

Kentucky State Police say they are working closely in a group effort with sheriff’s departments and city police to bring this kind of training to schools.

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