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

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.”To read the rest of this story, see the Oct. 14 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.