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SCHOOLS A PRIORITY: County agencies participate in active shooter training at CCHS

October 14, 2013

Law enforcement officials from all of Whitley County’s agencies converged at Columbia City High School Saturday for training. Pictured is Indiana State Police Trooper Joel Lemmon in a hallway. Post & Mail photos / Nicole Ott

COLUMBIA CITY — Squad cars flooded the parking lot at Columbia City High School Saturday, as nearly every law enforcement officer who serves Whitley County participated in a special training.

The training was held by the Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team to assist the county with its recent focus on school safety.

The ISP team has traveled to several school districts in Indiana to help prepare agencies with the best tactics in the event of a school shooting.

“We wanted everyone to be on the same page,” said Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh.

Longenbaugh is one of the leaders in Whitley County’s School Safety Commission, and played a key role in facilitating the training.

“Whether it’s the city, county, or state police responding to a situation, now we know what each other is going to do, and we’ll be able to work together,” Longenbaugh said. “I really appreciate all that the state police has taught us today.”

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