The Indiana State Police Versailles District held the second of two Safe School/Active Shooter Training sessions at South Ripley High School, Versailles, June 27. The first was June 6 at Hauser High School, Bartholomew County, according to Sgt. Noel Houze, public information officer.
Twenty school administrators and 10 other public safety personnel took part in the most recent training, and 15 administrators attended the Hauser training. The sessions were the result of several months of preparation by ISP in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Education to provide training for school administrators on the proper response to an active shooter.
The ISP was tasked to serve as the lead agency in coordinating active shooter training with local school corporations throughout the entire state. ISP superintendent Douglas Carter, with the highest support of Gov. Mike Pence, has initiated the training program. One of Carter and Pence’s highest priorities after they took office was to ensure that every effort was made to provide the safest possible environment for all children in the state.
The program’s purpose is to educate school administrative personnel on proper response to an active shooter situation, how law enforcement responds and what school personnel can do to mitigate injury and the loss of life.
The training consists of a PowerPoint presentation, along with an active shooter scenario where troopers use blank ammunition in firearms. It is designed to give administrators a feel of what it might be like during an actual active shooter situation.