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June 24, 2014

Police conduct active shooter seminar at Riverton Parke

PARKE COUNTY — Indiana State Police troopers from the Putnamville Post staged an active school shooter training seminar this morning at Riverton Parke High School.

Twenty-eight school personnel from the Southwest Parke Community School Corp. attended, as well as members of the Montezuma Police Department and the Parke County Sheriff’s Office.

The training consisted of a PowerPoint presentation by the Indiana State Police, a “breakout session” in which troopers and other law enforcement trainers instructed the attendees on proper tactics for survival during an active shooter event, and an active shooter scenario during which troopers and other law enforcement officers used blank ammunition in firearms.

The scenario was designed to give the administrators a feel of what it might be like during an actual active shooter situation. In today’s scenario, the shooter methodically walked the hallways shooting at random “victims” for several minutes before the first police officers arrived at the scene. Once on the scene, officers displayed how they urgently and tactically must navigate the school looking for the shooter, which can also take several minutes.

Attendees were given a narration of events by troopers during the scenario. This kept them apprised of the number of minutes that passed before officers were able to finally confront the shooter and eliminate the threat.

Indiana State Police have been tasked to serve as the lead agency in coordinating active shooter training with local school corporations throughout the state.

The coordinated effort was launched with the Department of Education to create and implement a statewide training program that would involve all parties responsible for the care and safety of children.

This program, which was already in the developmental stages before the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., has come to be known as the Safe Schools/Active Shooter program. Its purpose is to educate school administrative personnel on proper response to an active shooter situation, how law enforcement responds to active shooter situations, and what school personnel can do to mitigate injury and the loss of life in an active shooter situation.

Those interested in having a Safe School/Active Shooter presentation done at their school, or who want more information about the program, can contact the public information officer at their Indiana State Police post. To find your local ISP PIO, visit www.in.gov/isp/2365.htm and click on your county.

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