The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department issued to following statement of preparedness in respond to the mass shooting in Las Vegas:
The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department has been contacted by multiple media outlets today in response to the Las Vegas incident.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department will respond to a mass casualty / active shooter incident with the primary goal of neutralizing the present danger to the citizens of this county and then rendering first aid to any injured party. Deputies will respond and react to that situation to accomplish that primary mission. The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department teaches the civilian response to an active shooter. The first goal would be to run or avoid the active shooter. The second response if you were unable to run would be to deny them entry to your location. Once you have denied entry the citizen should prepare to fight the suspect if entry is made.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department regularly trains with other local Law Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services to be prepared if an incident like the current event in Las Vegas would happen in our Jurisdiction. These trainings not only help prepare Deputies to make the proper response, but also provide Deputies with basic techniques to save victims lives when possible. This year alone The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department has hosted four training dates that included two hands on, real life scenario based trainings that integrated active shooter response with the added element of Emergency Medical applications for those events. The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department has also reached out to multiple businesses/schools within Kosciusko County and helped implement training in the workplace/school setting to deal with a response to a possible Active Shooter incident. If your organization in Kosciusko County is seeking training in this area contact Capt. McKeand at the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department at 574-265-2218.