The Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) has developed a training seminar to address active shooters in schools.
In 2013, Gov. Sam Brownback asked the highway patrol to address concerns of active shooter incidents in the wake of the Sandy Hook School shootings in Newton, Conn.
KHP’s two-prong training seminar will bring school personnel and law enforcement together for school violence awareness and active shooter mitigation train-the-trainer program for law enforcement.
“Our primary goal was to provide a statewide resource to facilitate active shooter awareness training and to encourage crisis planning between educators and law enforcement at the local level,” Major Jason De Vore, Special Operations Commander for the Patrol, said.
KHP provided training at various locations across the state in 2013. The organization also partnered with the Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools, the Kansas State Juvenile Officers Association and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to provide a series of active shoot tabletop exercises across the state.
Educators and law enforcement personnel were invited to attend these training sessions. The exercises focused on a school active shooter event to increase awareness and reinforce the need for implementing and exercising a local plan.
In preparation of the upcoming school year, KHP has developed a Kansas-based active shooter initiative, Kansas Active Shooter Mitigation. The training initiative will provide critical information to educators and administrators on what to expect in the event of an active shooter as well as potential options and considerations to mitigate the threat.
“We felt it was important to have a Kansas solution that addressed the feedback we received interacting with Kansas educators and law enforcement, incorporating what we see as the current best practices,” De Vore said.
KHP will offer the train-the-training program for designated Kansas law enforcement. The training will allow them to teach the course in their own communities. The training course is modular and will be adaptable to address active shooter awareness and mitigation in the work place.
“It’s important to us that this training be offered at no cost to reach as many educators as possible,” De Vore said. “We want to help our educators explore various options in their planning and response to this tragic phenomenon.”