CONYERS—In the wake of the Newtown, CT school shootings, the Rockdale Sheriff’s Office plans to begin enhanced emergency training for deputies and Rockdale County Public Schools.
Rockdale Sheriff Eric Levett said a two-day training is scheduled this week to prepare deputies for emergencies such as the shooting massacre that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. in December.
“We want to be prepared,” Levett told the community group, Think Tank, on Saturday. “The teachers will be going through training so they will know what to do, where to go, how to respond during a real-life incident.”
Rockdale Sheriff’s deputies will be trained first so that they can then train teachers and administrators in Rockdale schools on how to respond in emergencies that involve shooters, Levett said. He said the Sheriff’s Office is still ironing out plans for the training sessions, particularly whether each school would undergo training at individual campuses or if training would be held at a central location.
Since the December Newtown shootings, which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults, the Sheriff’s Office and schools officials have been discussing how they can better assist one another in the event of emergencies.
The school system has a school safety plan and flip charts in each classroom on how to handle emergencies. But Levett said the Sheriff’s Office will be looking at ways to enhance the plans, including assimilated drills.
There are currently School Resource Officers in each of Rockdale’s three high schools and four middle schools. Rockdale’s nine elementary schools have deputies assigned to them as part of their patrol responsibilities.