Lou. seminar addresses gun violence, ways to reduce violent crimes


by WHAS11


Posted on June 28, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech, Santa Monica College are all school campuses where shooting violence has ended with students being killed.

Over the next couple of days in Louisville there is an event aimed at addressing the problem of gun violence and ways to reduce violent crimes.

The images stay with us - even haunt us. Innocent students killed while working to get a higher education - innocent people shot in what should be a safe place.

“You've seen things that happened on our campus from Virginia Tech to Northern Illinois we lost an officer this year that was killed at MIT in the aftermath of the Boston bombings and it doesn't happen very often but when it happens you know it’s a sober reminder that our members can face,” Chris Blake, event organizer, said.

This training seminar and conference is going on in Louisville this week at the Convention Center. The University of Kentucky is hosting the event in town. UK is in the middle of a $4.8 million expansion of campus security.

This conference really provides an opportunity for our members to share best practices, solutions that work to keep our campus communities secure,” Blake said.

From the best ways to use technology in crime prevention to the latest in bullet proof vests - even law enforcement gun storage. The ideas are endless and the information could be life saving.

“The purpose of these meetings is for our members to get together and share what works to keep our campuses safe and secure,” Blake said.

The conference will be here until next week. Two of the featured speakers will be officers involved in the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo. and Newtown, Conn.