Spanish Fort Police will discuss school safety with parents before classes resume
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) – School is out for the summer, but the Spanish police at the fort are taking the time to prepare for the new school year.
“We always want to make sure we have the right tactics and equipment so we’re always evaluating,” said chef John Barber.
Last month officers simulated an active shooter situation at Rockwell Elementary School and now this month Chief Barber plans to meet with parents to address any concerns they may have following the shooting mass last month at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
“I certainly don’t have all the facts. I watch open reports like everyone else, but it appears there was a delay in getting officers in while the shooting continued. Our contemporary methodology suggests that we need to intervene as quickly as possible,” he explained.
A meeting will be held with parents on June 28 at Spanish Fort Town Hall to discuss the department’s efforts and what their response would look like before students return to class. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.
“I think we’re going to get something out of it. I think they’re going to raise issues or concerns that can help us make adjustments on our side as well, so it’s a two-way street to listen, but also to give them information,” Barber said.
Spanish police at the fort plan to hold another active shooting simulation over the summer before classes begin in August.