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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Release the Hounds

Reports are starting to come in from the campus of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Two possible events may have been unfolding at the same time at two separate locations on campus. Initially it was reported that 4 men dressed in BLACK were firing shots on campus, now it appears to have been reduced to one lone gunman...I can't even begin to recount how many of these shooting events start off sounding more like a staged Police scenario, and end up with the one nutjob dressed in black...something smells, again. Oddly, John McCain & Sarah Palin were campaigning a few hours away, due north of Bowling GREEN in GREEN, Ohio (an affluent suburb of Cincinnati).

A student eyewitness now claims that a fight amongst 30 or more African Americans was actually at the heart of the event, and may have been the source for the entire campus being placed on "lockdown".

Don't be surprised if events today were either political or racially motivated...

Police prepare for unrest

According to the Bowling Green Daily News, one week ago to the day, Bowling Green Police went through an exercise to prepare them for just such a "Columbine" event...

Officer training will prepare them for danger

By the Daily News
Friday, October 17, 2008 11:08 AM CDT

Law enforcement officers have to prepare for all types of situations. This makes it imperative for them to train as much as possible to prepare them to deal with situations should they arise.

On Wednesday, through a program offered by the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training, officers from several agencies participated in classes designed to show officers how to react to an armed suspect in a building. They also were confronted with a suicidal person who had turned his weapon on law enforcement and a person with a hostage. The training was at the former LifeSkills building on Reservoir Hill.

Local agencies participating in the training included the Bowling Green Police Department, Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Western Kentucky University Police Department.

This is a vital part of training because first responders on the scene, who are waiting for backup, must be able to come into the building, search for the shooter, tell them to drop the weapon and take action if necessary.

This was a lesson learned from the horrible shootings at Columbine High School in 1999 and the more recent shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007.

Officers learned from this and other scenarios that if they are put in these types of situations, they must react right away while awaiting backup, because more lives could be lost if response is delayed.

Ted Florence, a DOCJT instructor, said a shooter can kill a person every second.

In these types of scenarios, an officer must react immediately - there’s no time for contemplating or pondering in an intense situation.

We have been fortunate in Bowling Green that none of these types of situations have occurred recently, but if one were to arise, we know that our officers will be better prepared for any of them as a result of this training.

A recap of the details as of 3:39 pm EST:

1 comment:

aferrismoon said...

RE-LEASE the Hounds, what another bail-out?