The Edmond Sun

February 11, 2013

City stakeholders produce school safety video

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Several city stakeholders are producing a video designed to help parents understand the variety of ways security is being enhanced in local public schools.

Footage for the video, the brainchild of Edmond Police Department public information specialist Jenny Monroe, was filmed Friday in a hall at Edmond Public Schools’ Cross Timbers Elementary.

It features Edmond Police Capt. Tim Dorsey speaking about increasing officer presence in elementary schools during morning and afternoon hours, having officers write reports in school parking lots, becoming familiar with school building layouts and learning from incidents that occur elsewhere.

“The schools, we work closely with them in development of their security plans,” Dorsey said during filming. “Our officers work closely with the principals and the teachers. Just an example would be radio systems.”  

Monroe said the project, a collaboration between the Police Department, Edmond Public Schools and the City of Edmond, is a vehicle for telling the public the stakeholders have received their feedback and wanted to get pertinent information out as conveniently as possible.

The EPD has received letters and Police Chief Bob Ricks has received phone calls thanking him for increasing security in the city’s public schools, Monroe said.

“Parents in our community are noticing that there’s more of a police presence at random times throughout the day and they’re appreciative of that,” she said. “We had an officer who had a letter left on his windshield thanking him for his presence at a school.”

Another intent of the project is to let the community know that the stakeholders are working together and they have had some success.

Edmond Public Schools’ spokeswoman Susan Parks-Schlepp said the district hopes this informative video will help parents understand the variety of ways in which police are increasing their presence at schools, especially at elementary schools.

“As our district looks into additional ways that we can further enhance the protection of students and staff, we believe that having police officers complete their reports on laptops while parked in our schools’ lots rather than finishing them back at the station, is an effective way to bolster security without using additional resources,” Parks-Schlepp said.

City of Edmond TV/video specialist Dwight Polson is producing the video. City spokeswoman Ashleigh Clark it should be finished sometime next week. Plans are to send it via email to the public. It also will be posted at | 341-2121, ext. 108