Kentucky State Police in Mayfield are training school employees in western Kentucky on how to respond in a crisis. It’s being carried out with a special training program the KSP post created. Lt. Brent White says police have trained nearly 700 school staff members in 13 schools, and he says feedback indicates those employees feel more confident.
The post is conducting training for the other 15 state police posts next week in Frankfort so the material can be taught statewide. The training includes about an hour in the classroom, then school staff is put through about four scenarios during an additional two hours of training. The staff is given an active-shooter scenario, and White says the training focuses on school staff being the true first line of defense in such a situation.