Paducah, McCracken Co. officials met Tues. to discuss school safety | News
MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - The Paducah Police Department says city and county school and law enforcement officials met Tuesday, January 15 to discuss school safety and share ideas for keeping students safe.
The police department says about 30 people attended the meeting, held at the McCracken County Emergency Management offices. Attendees included McCracken County Schools superintendent Dr. Nancy Waldrop, St. Mary Schools superintendent Dr. Angela Farmer, representatives from Paducah Public Schools and Community Christian Academy, as well as officials from the Paducah Police Department, McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police, ATF, Secret Service and county Emergency Management.
There was a presentation on the history of school shooters and one on current law enforcement tactics, along with a brief synopsis of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.
A roundtable discussion addressed school security plans and issues and concerns from both the school and law enforcement sides.
“We identified some areas for improving training and communication between the schools and the agencies,” said Paducah Police Capt. David White, chief organizer of the meeting. “We had some very good dialog. Everybody felt like we need to be working together to make sure we’re looking out for the best interests of the students.”
The meeting was co-sponsored by the police department and the McCracken County Sheriff’s Department, and hosted by McCracken County Emergency Management. Lunch was provided free of charge by Neil’s Catering.
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