Kentucky State Police have launched a new program to help train school officials on how to respond when gunshots are fired on campus.
The active shooter program was developed by a number of stakeholders over the past several months and police say it’s a direct response to shootings at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.
KSP spokesman Paul Blanton says schools can select from four participation levels in the program, ranging from simple local district visits and discussions to live role-playing seminars that include the firing of simulated shoots.
“If we can put them in that situation in a training environment, we believe that they will respond better in a real world incident," he says.
The program will be free for schools and local districts. Blanton says state police want all schools to take the training.