Training sessions to address the ‘Active Shooter’

PHOTO By: Katie Sampson, Kansas First News

A session was held today at Emporia State University and addressed school violence awareness, active shooters and law enforcement response and mitigation.

Recently, Patrol Superintendent, Colonel Ernest Garcia met with Governor Sam Brownback to discuss active shooter awareness and training for both schools and law enforcement across Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol has developed a one day training event to address school violence awareness as well as active shooter (train-the-trainer) law enforcement response and mitigation.

This spring, the Kansas Highway Patrol will be offering training sessions across the state and will be open to all school district personnel as well as to law enforcement officers to assist in increased awareness and in preparation for possible acts of school violence.

“These training sessions have been developed not in response to a specific threat but rather to help equip our schools and law enforcement agencies to preplan and mitigate these acts of school violence in an effort to protect our children,” said Major Jason De Vore. “This is an unfortunate reality that we must address proactively. We routinely work with our local state and federal partners on a myriad of law enforcement challenges. It’s our hope that by bringing our law enforcement and school officials together into a combined setting to discuss the various concerns and challenges and identity planning considerations, we will all be better prepared to address an unfortunate act of this nature, should one occur.”

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