For several years, an intense training in Jessamine County has taught Nicholasville police officers how to respond if an active shooter is on the loose in a school. This year, the scope of the program widened and took aim at involving all public-safety organizations for a comprehensive scenario.
The active-shooter training had a very real feel inside West Jessamine High School last week as groups of law-enforcement officers received information from a dispatcher and headed toward the staircase, unsure what was waiting for them above. The pops of the plastic-pellet guns began as they turned the corner and engaged the gunman.
These same police scenarios have been used for several years, with Nicholasville officers training on tactics at East Jessamine Middle School in 2010 and at Jessamine Career and Technology Center last year. But after last year’s event that involved the Nicholasville Fire Department for the first time, command staff decided it was time to broaden the training and include Wilmore police, the sheriff’s office and other agencies that would be involved in a real school shooting — Jessamine County EMS, Jessamine County E-911 and even Saint Joseph-Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center.