LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Arkansas State Police plans to develop a plan to better prepare for emergencies in the state's schools.
Colonel Stan Witt, Director of the Arkansas State Police and Ken Jones, Director of the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Trainingtalked Fridayafternoon about an "active shooter training exercise," which occurred at Greenbrier Public Schools.
In the coming days,Jones will beginestablishing a committee encompassing representatives of his department and training staff, local sheriffs and police chiefs, the State Police and the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management.
The committee willhave the responsibility of preparing a uniform preparedness training plan for active shooter situations that will be offered to any local schools to use in coordination with local law enforcement agencies. The training will only be offered upon request from officials of the local school districts.
Both Director Jones and Colonel Witt discussed the importance of training that is uniform statewide and available to any school district through the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy.
It is not known when the committee will be in place or when the training program will be available.
(Source: Arkansas State Police)