After the Newtown, Conn., tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December in which 20 students and six educators were killed Edmond Police officers kept a closer watch on schools and students.
Edmond Public Schools, the Police Department and city officials produced a video that explained for parents what steps were being taken to enhance security. Steps included having officers write their reports at the end of their shifts in school parking lots. Monroe said the practice will continue as will having officers pay more attention to schools in their districts across the city.
Regarding school resource officers, funded by both the Police Department and Edmond Public Schools, there will be one at each high school and others will rotate among the middle schools. While the number of school resource officers has not increased at this time, the department and the school district periodically review security needs, Monroe said.
Other ongoing security measures in Edmond include controlling visitor access at school sites, requiring instant background checks for visitors entering buildings, having district-wide protocols in place for various situations including lockdowns and adding security cameras. The district also maintains a vigorous dangerous weapons policy, which includes any facsimile of a gun including cap, toy or water guns.
Additionally, each school has a Safe School Committee. It addresses issues including possible strategies for students to avoid harm at school, crime prevention, school violence and other issues that prohibit the maintenance of a safe school.
For more information about Edmond Public Schools’ policies, visit edmondschools.net.
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