Logan County law enforcement, along with representatives of nine other districts from across the state, recently attended a school safety training at The Center for Rural Development.
The AWR 148 Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents training provided an open line of communication between local school districts, subject matter experts and first responders. The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC), an affiliate program of The Center for Rural Development, delivered the training at no-cost to attendees.
“We all must work together to make our schools a safer place for our children,” Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center said. “This course gives regional school district employees and law enforcement personnel the training they need to make that happen.”
The AWR 148 training provides representatives of rural law enforcement departments with a foundation of knowledge and skills that will enable them to progressively establish a school-based emergency response plan and a crisis management team through information sharing.
Representing Logan County were members of the Russellville Police Department Vincent Brown, Stephen Meredith and Jeff Sanford.
School district and law enforcement personnel from Adair, Lincoln, Logan, Pulaski, Rowan, Russell, Scott, Taylor, Warren and Whitley counties attended the training.
All RDPC courses are certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Participants received 8 contact hours for completing the training. Kentucky educators who attended received EILA credit, while law enforcement received KLEFP credit.
RDPC offers more than 40 courses in mobile and web-based training. To view the full course catalog or to request a course, visit www.ruraltraining.org.
The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium is led by The Center for Rural Development. The consortium offers tuition-free training to rural first responders in all 50 states and 6 U.S. territories. All training is certified by the Department of Homeland Security.
Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.