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July 5, 2011
Nicholasville police officer Sam Wade, who also serves as West Jessamine High's school-resource officer, led a team of police through a hallway at Jessamine Career and Technology Center during a training exercise in July. The police department trains in a simulated school shooting each year, with officers working through scenarios with compressed-air guns. Sgt. Scott Harvey said the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School changed how authorities manage active-shooter situations. "The first few officers there go in, and we don't sit and wait for a SWAT team," he said. "As long as there are shots being fired, it's an emergency situation."