KOSE demands active shooter training following shooting at Dept of Revenue office

Published: Oct. 5, 2017 at 11:28 AM CDT
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The Kansas Organization of State Employees is demanding active shooter training for all state employees following the shooting of Cortney Holloway at the Wichita Department of Revenue office.

The letter, written by KOSE President Lisa Ochs, demands a security review of all state government buildings, public or privately owned, to ensure all employees are protected.

"Sadly, all indications are that the private building that houses the Department of Revenue offices where Cortney Holloway was shot lacked security measures that might have prevented this incident," the letter reads.

KOSE recommends metal detectors or armed guards as options for the buildings.

KDOR Secretary Sam Williams told Eyewitness News after the shooting, he ordered a top to bottom review of those safety procedures.

Now, KOSE is also asking for active shooter training, which doesn't read as a suggestion.

"We believe any solution must include on-site active shooter training for all public employees," the letter reads.

Though the shooting at the Department of Revenue office happened less than a month ago, the KOSE Union writes, "Long before this incident, state employees have felt vulnerable and KOSE members have complained to management that they fear for their safety. Nothing was done. Something must be done now."

The union writes it is willing and ready to assist with any of the changes. It is also requesting a meeting with KDOR Secretary Williams to discuss the security review and what measures will be in place to ensure the safety of employees.

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