In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, local police are on alert, adding new precautionary measures to their already-rigorous safety plans.
The Florissant Police Department is taking procative measures when it comes to keeping local students safe. Police Chief William Karabas said Monday that the department plans to meet with local school officials to discuss school security.
The meetings, which involve officials from both the Hazelwood and Ferguson-Florissant school districts, as well as those from private and parochial schools within the city limits, will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 18 and 19.
“These meetings will educate the police department on the school’s plans for an intruder situation, and the police department will inform the school officials on the police department’s responses for such a situation,” Karabas said in a press release.
A member of the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District will also be on hand during the meetings.
Police have also increased patrols at all of the schools within Florissant.
Chief Karabas said he believes that “the Florissant Police Department and the area schools are working together and communicating to provide the safest and healthiest learning environment possible for our children.”
“The members of the Florissant Police Department also wish to extend our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to the people of Newtown, CT,” Karabas added. “We salute the police officers, firefighters, and education officials who did an outstanding job in responding when they were needed the most.”