Active shooter training includes sign language

Active shooter training includes sign language

Active shooter training includes sign language

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Associated Press

Posted on December 29, 2013 at 4:02 PM

DANVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police in Danville incorporated sign language into a recent active shooter training session at the Kentucky School for the Deaf.

The training gave officers a chance to learn some simple signs that could aid the deaf in an emergency.

During the training on Monday, the officers used signs for "follow," ''stop," ''where" and "stay," The Advocate Messenger of Danville reported (http://bit.ly/1ab1JoD ).

"It's wonderful," said Stu Harper, guidance counselor for the school. "To have them comfortable with the layout (of the buildings) and comfortable with communicating with the hearing impaired ... this is wonderful."

Danville Police have begun implementing the language largely due to the placement of the school within the city limits. But officers are planning to use the limited signals in all active shooter trainings, no matter the location, so that it becomes second nature in case of a real situation.

"We'd rather practice and not have it than not practice it and need it," said Sgt. Sam Butler. This is not the first time officers have trained in a school setting, Butler said, with previous trainings at local high schools and Centre College.

But the event was the first at the School for the Deaf and its dormitory, Middleton Hall. The dormitory proved to have an interesting layout, with hidden stairs and unexpected turns, something Butler says is good for the officers to experience.

"It challenges you to think before you move but also think on the move," Butler said. "If you wait you are wasting time."

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Information from: The (Danville, Ky.) Advocate-Messenger, http://www.centralkynews.com/amnews

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