State Of Security In Twin Falls School District
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Recent events including the Sandy Hook shootings, prompted many school districts nationwide to re–visit their security procedures. Superintendent Wiley Dobbs says safety is their number one priority. It's a common phrase you'll find at school districts everywhere. But what does it really mean?
Steve Gassert works as a school resource officer at Robert Stuart Middle School. He's a direct link between the school and Twin Falls Police Department, but that's not his only task.
While school resource officers are stationed at the four secondary schools here in the Twin Falls School District, they also keep an eye on other schools as well.
Staff Sgt. Dennis Pullin of the Twin Falls Police Department says, "each one of those officers have elementary schools they stay in close contact with."
The police department has beefed up its enforcement if you will, when it comes to monitoring area schools.
"Our officers are going into schools, checking on with the front office and let them know they'll be in the schools and that includes the other schools outside the school district," adds Pullin.
The district has a committee that meets monthly reviewing details and policies in place, plus looking at upgrades.
Twin Falls School District Superintendent Wiley Dobbs says, "we have committee members from every school, we have student resource officers, police officers involved in the safety committee. We have classified people, continued people, we have a good sampling of our district, we brainstorm together and have a good review of what we do."
Dobbs says, if there is one area of safety they could improve on, it's the security system.
"Our security system is a bit outdated and we've been talking about that in our facilities planning committee on how we might be able to afford to upgrade that camera equipment," adds Dobbs.
Keeping safety and education in sync, instead of a distraction.
For a closer look at this topic, watch Connections this Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and at 9 a.m. Sunday on FOX 14.