Protecting the lives and safety of students and staff at our educational facilities is extremely important. In 2021 the office of Community Policing Services or (COPS) approved an almost $28,000 grant under the 2021 COPS STOP School Violence: School Violence Prevention Program to the Port Huron Police Department. The funds are used to enhance school safety for Port Huron area schools and the community college.
The grant provides funding for local departments to train for events in which the students or staff are met with a dangerous assailant. Training will provide first responders with information on how to respond, quickly engage the assailant, and stop the threat. It will also provide training in tactical first aid, coordinating with Fire and EMS, securing the scene, and more.
Training began on Tuesday, August 9th, and a larger event is planned for Thursday, August 11th at St Clair County Community College located at 323 Erie Street, in Port Huron. During the training event, there will be a large number of first responder vehicles and personnel on campus, so don’t be alarmed.
Recent improvements such as the implementation of the School and College Resource Officer program and the police department’s Active Assailant Response Training (A.A.R.T.) initiative are examples of showing concern for, and making safety a priority for our local school district.
Reporting for WGRT – Choze Powell