Deputies Working To Improve School Security


By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) School security continues to be a concern with parents across the Magic Valley.

The Twin Falls County Sheriff's department is working with area school district to create a security plan.

Deputies are reviewing school safety plans and testing them out to figure out what works and what doesn't.

"All schools are different because of the shape of them, how many kids inside, and were they're located. Each school has to develop a plan and most of the plans have to be consistent with keeping intruders out,” said Sgt. Dan Thom, Twin Falls County Sheriff Department.

Each district in Southern Idaho has unique procedures in place, and practicing drills will keep students and staff up-to-date on what to do in an emergency situation.

"Tom Luna established a safe school plan, that's when we put phones in the classrooms and hot buttons" said Governor Otter.

The Sheriff's Department would like to see better communication between staff members.

"We'll start seeing teachers, administrators, and school districts wanting to look forward and go fast on this to keep the school safe” said Thom.

One-step closure to solving concerns and fears parents may have.

Emergency service officials believe security plans need to be individualized for each school.

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