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[ISP] Pendleton District Holds Safe School/Active Shooter Training
Start Date: 7/23/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/23/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Centerville – This morning the Indiana State Police Pendleton District conducted a Safe School/Active Shooter Training session at Centerville High School in central Wayne County. There were nine school corporations in attendance from five east central Indiana counties. Public safety personnel in attendance included Wayne County Sheriff Jeff Cappa, Fayette County Sheriff Bill Wayson and New Castle Police Chief Brad Catron. Officers from seven different departments in Wayne and surrounding counties were in attendance.

The session was conducted by District Commander Lieutenant Tom Dujmovich, along with First Sergeant Tim Kaiser and trooper instructors David Ellis, Aaron Edwards and Ryan Davis from the Pendleton Post. The intent of the training is to provide training for school administrators on the proper response to an active shooter situation.

The training consisted of a power point presentation that was "interrupted" with an active shooter scenario where troopers use blank ammunition in firearms. The scenario is designed to give the administrators the feel of what it might be like during an actual active shooter situation; on proper response to an active shooter situation, and what school personnel can do to mitigate injury and the loss of life in an active shooter situation.

The Indiana State Police has been tasked to serve as the lead agency in coordinating active shooter training with local school corporations throughout the entire state. Indiana State Police Superintendent, Douglas Carter with the highest support of Governor Mike Pence, has initiated this active shooter training program for school administrators. One of Superintendent Carter’s and Governor Pence’s highest priorities, after they took office, was to ensure that every effort was made to provide the safest possible environment for all of the children in the State of Indiana.

This coordinated effort was launched early on 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 our children. This program, which was already in the developmental stages before the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, has come to be known as the “Safe Schools/Active Shooter” program. Dr. Rich Hogue of the Department of Education has been assigned as a liaison with the Indiana State Police to assist in this endeavor.

Mikel McCoy, principal at Centerville High School, thought the training was beneficial to all in attendance. “It was a learning experience hearing what gunfire sounded like in our building. In the end I hope administrators take this opportunity to discuss each corporation’s plans, so we can learn from each other what works and what doesn’t.”

If you are interested in having a Safe School/Active Shooter presentation done at your school or want more information about the program, contact the Public Information Officer at your Indiana State Police Post. To find your local ISP PIO visit and click on your county.


Contact Information:
Name: Sgt. John Bowling
Phone: 765-778-2121
Entry Type:
Press Release
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  • Government
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    Police, Indiana State

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