Secret Service runs threat assessment workshop in Louisville

Local school, church leaders attend active-shooter training

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Hundreds of school administrators and local church officials gathered at Southeast Christian Church Thursday for a special training session put on by the United States Secret Service.

It's something that's never been in Louisville before. The Secret Service worked for months to bring the assessment workshop to the area.

They're goal was to take the same techniques and procedures used to protect people, like the president, and bring them to local schools and churches.

"We've found it successful in stopping threats against the president or any secret service protectee," Special Agent Richard Ferretti said, "so we've taken this model and we've brought it over to schools."

Special Agent Richard Ferretti (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Special Agent Richard Ferretti (Source: WAVE 3 News)

The Secret Service stressed the importance of situational awareness and techniques that go beyond physical safety measures.

"This is the other part of it: The behavior based, investigative part of it," Ferretti said, "where you have to prevent those things from happening."

People from across the Commonwealth made their way to Louisville Thursday to make sure the people they are in charge of protecting are protected well.

"I've been down to the FBI in Meridian, MS, and different places, but this is the first time from the Secret Service," Leslie Gregory, a school resource officer in attendance from Madisonville, said. "So hopefully we can come up with some new ideas that I don't know about and implement them in our schools."

Leslie Gregory (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Leslie Gregory (Source: WAVE 3 News)

At Southeast Christian Church, those in charge of security are grateful the Secret Service workshop not only touched on safety in schools, but also in places of worship.

Philip Noble (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Philip Noble (Source: WAVE 3 News)

"You want to be safe or feel safe in your place of worship, but it takes everyone," Southeast Christian Director of Safety and Security Philip Noble said. "From a small church to a large church, one person can't be responsible."

The training session also touched on hate crimes and active shooter training as it relates to places of worship.

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