Thursday, February 7, 2013
SERIES ON SCHOOL SAFETY ISSUES: A police-led committee of the area's long-standing Safe Schools Partnership will offer training to area school teams, including Rockwood School District.
On the heels of more shooting tragedies across the United States are conversations about how to better prepare school staffs and teachers for active shooter situations and intruders, in general. While not all school teams are ready to arm their staffs with weapons for protection on school premises, however a St. Louis metropolitan group of police are getting requests for other types of training. Fenton Police Precinct Commander Capt. Jeff Bader co-chairs a training committee of the Safe Schools Partnership of St. Louis County, which is a group launched during the 1998-1999 school year to facilitate collaboration between the county police department, area police departments, school districts, and other concerned agencies, with the sole goal…
Friday, February 1, 2013
Law enforcement and school district officials shared area crises plans at a Safe Schools Partnership meeting Thursday. Police-led training could be provided to teachers and administrators.
St. Louis area police and school administrators are taking security measures in schools to the next level, even to the point of perhaps conducting training for teachers about how to disarm intruders and negotiate with shooters who invade schools. St. Louis County Police Department officers and members of the Safe Schools Partnership met Thursday morning at the Rockwood School District Administrative Annex in Eureka to continue discussions about how to bolster future safety in schools. St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch said police teams are offering to survey the crises and emergency plans for the corresponding schools they service, especially to ensure everyone involved is operating from the same premises. "This meeting was about …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
The move is in response to concerns raised by school administrators about school security following the deadly massacre in Newtown, Conn., last month.
The Chesterfield Police Department is rolling out a program to expand its presence at area schools in response to the shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The new program will re-assign an officer to be a full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) at all 12 of the area's public and private elementary schools and at a private high school. Individual officers were already present at Chesterfield's two middle and two high schools, so the new initiative means all educational institutions will be covered. "The purpose of this is to provide some additional safety and security," said Chesterfield Police Capt. Steven Lewis. "The officer will work with the schools and see what their needs are." Lewis said the new program is effectively…
Thursday, December 20, 2012
However, law enforcement and school district officials said a meeting of the Safe Schools Partnership Program Thursday morning produced meaningful discussions on other ways to prevent a repeat of the tragic school shooting in Connecticut last week.
Law enforcement and school district officials said a meeting of the Safe Schools Partnership program Thursday morning produced meaningful discussions about ways the two groups can work together to improve safety at St. Louis-area schools in the wake of last week’s tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. “It was a very frank and open conversation between law enforcement and school officials about what can we do, what else can we do,” St. Louis County Police Department Chief Tim Fitch said in an interview with Patch after the meeting, which involved police departments and school districts from across the St. Louis area. Fitch made national headlines earlier this week when he put forward the idea of arming school officials as a way of …
A Patch blogger says local school districts are reviewing school safety plans in light of the Sandy Hook massacre, but should not consider arming teachers as St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch as proposed.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Area firearms instructor says it's time to allow any qualified concealed carry weapon licensee who works at schools to have guns available, because the government's decision for schools to be gun-free zones advertises their vulnerability.
Friday's mass shooting in a Newtown, CT, elementary school prompted many discussions this weekend regarding whether school staffs now should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon (CCW). Greg and Loni Pugh teach firearms handling and safety every day from their privately owned and operated business called St. Louis CCW. Their facility and shooting range is located near Lonedell, about 39 miles west of Eureka. "I believe we saw the answer on Friday. They give people who are intent to do harm a government guarantee that they will be the only ones with a gun in our schools," said Greg. "Then government officials pretend to be surprised when things like this happen. Government representatives need to stand up and say from this day forward, CCW…
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The skit was written and prepared entirely by the drivers themselves, who work for Barretts Elementary, and broadcast during morning announcements Thursday.