By Christi Mendes, Safety Coordinator
New Bern- (Sun Journal) Law enforcement agencies, first responders and school officials face an immense challenge of aligning today’s culture with strategies and processes that enhance the safety and well-being of students and staff in our schools. To that end, several CCS district leaders and administrators attended a half day training entitled, “ACTIVE SHOOTER – First 30 minutes”, hosted by Craven Community College on June 26th, 2018. Several officials representing multiple law enforcement and first responder agencies were also present for the training which helps unify and coordinate our protocols during an event.
The focus of this training, was to stimulate thinking which would ultimately result in enhanced planning efforts. One way this was accomplished was by reviewing “lessons learned” from prior incidents. Information on best practices was presented from local, state and federal perspectives and expert recommendations were offered to the audience. It quickly became evident that preparedness, mitigation of foreseeable hazards, and response protocols cannot and should not be a static, rigid feature of crisis management and planning.