- Longtime downtown Cape bartender Marcellus Jones remembered by friends (6/12/18)2
- Stormy Daniels to visit East Cape Girardeau (6/13/18)20
- Peter Kinder resigns federal agency post, concludes position unnecessary and waste of tax dollars (6/16/18)2
- Singer Neal Boyd dies after struggle with health issues (6/12/18)1
- Cape man charged with stabbing, killing dog for revenge (6/8/18)9
- Feeding deer in Bollinger, Cape and Perry counties prohibited soon to help curb spread of CWD (6/13/18)7
- Couple charged in beating death at Brick's (6/13/18)
- 'All Nite Skate' filming in Jackson this weekend (6/8/18)
- New Zaxby's restaurant open in Cape (6/13/18)3
- New urban dance studio opens on Broadway (6/15/18)2
Safety training is critical
In regard to the recent school shooting in Florida, I have a question for the Missouri Highway Patrol, Cape Girardeau County Sheriff Department, Jackson Police Departant, and Cape Girardeau Police Departant.
In the Florida active shooter event, it appears that the school resource officer and responding deputies took up defensive positions behind walls, cars, etc. upon arrival, and did not enter the school. This behavior appears to fly in the face of what was learned after the Columbine shooting, which was that law enforcement was to enter building upon arrival to confront an active shooter.
My question is, do our local law enforcement agencies above have official policies on how to respond to a similar event in our area? How often are officers trained on such a situation? Fear can be a powerful agent. Do our officers know exactly what is expected of them? While there are no guarantees, a quick response by a trained, armed officer could save many lives. We have fine law enforcement in our area, but policies and training matter.
Considering that the shootings now occur in small town schools, churches, etc., there is no question that we could easily be the next area with the news trucks parked outside one of our schools. If our local policies are that the school resource officer or responding officers are to wait for backup, is that a functional policy for use in our schools? Should it be changed?
MARK DAMBACH, Jackson