Active shooter training sessions took place Wednesday in Manhattan for state and local law enforcement. Monty Thompson was at the event to get a closer look at what took place.
In response to discussions regarding active shooter concerns between Governor Sam Brownback and Patrol Superintendent, Colonel Ernest Garcia, the patrol developed and presented training seminars last spring in several locations across the state for law enforcement and school officials.
The exercises focus school officials and law enforcement on working through an active shooter scenario where attendees can discuss and consider options, evaluate plans, and consider ways to enhance local planning and preparation.
"It’s a chance for the schools to reflect on their individual crisis plans," said Master Trooper Matt Mullen. "Kind of run through and see how their plans would work and adjust for issues that come up."
The Kansas Highway Patrol's Special Response Team has been working with Kansas Commissioner of Education Dr. Diane DeBacker and Dr. Bob Hull, Director of the Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools as well as many others to develop a specific training session and table top exercise to support planning and preparation for Kansas schools and law enforcement.
"It’s just one of those unnecessary evils that law enforcement has to deal with and be prepared," said Lieutenant Robert Keener. "It’s a real rapid, fast response. Most of these events don’t last very long and we’re just making sure all the officers have the training equipment that they need to be able to get there quickly and get done what they need to do in a very short time."
The highway patrol will hold its final training session next week in Dodge City.