Franklin County Deputies Hold Active Shooter Simulation

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Updated: 2/18/2013 6:18 pm
Franklin County Sheriff's deputies held an active shooter simulation Monday.

The drill was to show state representatives, other law enforcement agencies, and school officials from around the state what adding extra safety systems in a school can do during an active shooter situation.

Franklin County deputies went into Western Hills High School in Frankfort, following instructions to follow one of their own, who was acting as a shooter.

The safety measures that they say helped them get there faster: a numbering system (which places reflective numbered plates on every door, hallway, and window), an overhead P.A. (which dispatch was able to control, due to new software), and cameras in each hallway (which dispatch could also see).

The school itself already had cameras set up, but Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said the other systems cost just $3500 after being placed in two separate county schools.

"It works. It's quick. And it's efficient. And it's low-cost," said Sheriff Melton.

A bill to implement the numbering system into every Kentucky school--House Bill 354--was in the House Education Committee as of this writing.

It would include required emergency drills, an emergency plan, and an annual report to the department of education.
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