FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2016
The City of Kansas City, Mo. Municipal Court, located at 1101 Locust Street, will be closed to the public on Friday, July 29 from 8 to 11 a.m. for a safety drill. The drill will help prepare emergency responders and court employees ensure the safety of themselves and visitors during events such as an active shooter. This is the first time such a drill has taken place at the Municipal Court building.
“We began planning our active shooter drill prior to the recent courthouse shooting in Michigan,” said Megan Pfannenstiel, Municipal Court Administrator. “That tragic event shows the importance of being proactive in a judicial setting to protect our employees and the public.”
Pfannenstiel, City Security and the City’s Corporate Safety Office also hope the drill will reveal any safety concerns that may have been overlooked. The drill will involve Kansas City Police Tactical Officers who will play the part of the simulated shooters by firing blank rounds. Additional tactical officers will practice apprehending them. Fire and ambulance crews will practice tending to those playing the part of the wounded. Additional fire and ambulance vehicles and a trauma counselor will be on hand to handle any real life emergencies or illnesses that may arise during the drill.
During the drill, Municipal Court case information will continue to be available online at kcmo.gov/court or by contacting 311. Ticket payments can be made at www.kcmo.gov/pay. Bonds can be posted at any Kansas City Missouri Police Department patrol station. Municipal Court appreciates the public’s patience during this important safety exercise.
Media inquiries should be directed to Benita Jones, public information officer for the Municipal Court, at 816-513-6711 or Benita.Jones@kcmo.org.