Kansas City Jewish leaders to drill disarming gunmen
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Kansas City Jewish leaders to drill disarming gunmen

Following fatal attack at local JCC, law enforcement will teach community officials how to confront 'active shooters'

In this photo provided by KSHB41 Action News, authorities respond to the Jewish community center after a shooting in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. (photo credit: AP Photo/KSHB41 Action News)
In this photo provided by KSHB41 Action News, authorities respond to the Jewish community center after a shooting in Overland Park, Kan., Sunday, April 13, 2014. (photo credit: AP Photo/KSHB41 Action News)

WASHINGTON — Federal and local law enforcement will train Jewish community officials in Kansas City, Kansas, in confronting an active shooter.

The training on Friday, coming in the wake of the fatal attacks last month at Jewish sites there, was organized in part by Secure Community Network, the security arm of national Jewish groups.

Trainers will include Department of Homeland Security officials and police from suburban Overland Park. Over 150 Jewish community professionals and lay leaders are expected to participate, according to KCTV5, a local TV news outlet.

Paul Goldenberg, SCN’s director, said his group had accelerated similar programming in other communities across the country. He praised the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City, Kansas, and the local federation for putting the program together.

“Kansas City Jewish leaders have really shown how a community responds in the aftermath of a catastrophic event by building resilience and training members,” Goldenberg told JTA.

On April 13, a gunman opened fire at the JCC in Overland Park and then at a nearby home for the aged, killing three people, including a 14-year-old boy. Frazier Glenn Cross, a white supremacist, is being held for the murders.

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