2016-03-01 / Front Page

Trooper White Leads Active Shooter Refresher For County Government

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Ryan White, of Spencer, speaks to officials and county employees inside the Owen County Circuit Court I. (Staff Photo) Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Ryan White, of Spencer, speaks to officials and county employees inside the Owen County Circuit Court I. (Staff Photo) An effort to improve the future safety of Owen County government employees and patrons visiting their offices, Indiana State Police Senior Trooper Ryan White, of Spencer, recently provided training that has become vital in today’s society.

A mandatory active shooter training session for all county courthouse officials and employees was sponsored by the office of Owen County Prosecuting Attorney Don VanDerMoere II.

“Nobody wants to live in a world of fear, but the reality of life today, whether you want to recognize it or not, is that citizens live with the real and distinct possibility of coming into contact with violent people at work, school, church and places of business,” VanDerMoere said. “The Indiana State Police active shooter training program is designed to get people thinking about what they would do if they were confronted with one of these horrific events and to provide them with suggestions which could saves their lives.”

Owen County Prosecuting Attorney Don VanDerMoere II speaks to county officials and employees participating in an active shooter response training provided by the Indiana State Police. (Staff Photo)

Owen County Prosecuting Attorney Don VanDerMoere II speaks to county officials and employees participating in an active shooter response training provided by the Indiana State Police. (Staff Photo)

VanDerMoere added, “I want to thank Trooper Ryan White for conducting the training and I also want to thank the Owen County Commissioners for allowing us to host the training during normal business hours at the courthouse. We had great attendance from the various courthouse offices and I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from the attendees of the program. We would like to make this an annual training for courthouse staff.”

Trooper White has led similar trainings for both the county and Spencer-Owen Community Schools for the past three years and suggests an annual refresher on the topics discussed.

“I think it’s great the prosecutor’s office and commissioners find it important enough to allow me to come in and do it. I think today’s threats to society are ever present, we see more and more on the news everyday,” he said. “Being able to come in and teach our community, and the courthouse staff how to keep those visiting the courthouse safe, is a huge thing. They are taking responsibility upon themselves to keep themselves safe and patrons to the courthouse during the day, because it’s going to be their responsibility to keep them safe. So it’s great they’re willing to accept that responsibility and be open minded to some of the training we provide. I think it’s a great thing to do annually. With the ISP, we practice active shooter scenarios twice a year. I always get a reminder of what I need to be vigilant on as a law enforcement officer and I do it every day. So I think it’s very important for people who don’t do it every day to get that refresher every year and be reminded of what’s important, what to look for and how to keep themselves safe.”

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