Gun Safety in Schools Is Important To Meridian Township's Police Department
MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP - With two kids attending school in Meridian Township, Ken Plaga, Assistant Police Chief knows just how important it is to have a safety within schools.
“I have two high school students myself and keeping the kids safe is an important thing to me,” said Plaga. “My kids go to school here in the Township and I want to make sure they have a safe healthy learning environment, just like the rest of the kids that live here.”
The Police Department has been working with the school districts in the Township to ensure safety in the schools. There are a lot of policies and practices already enforced that addresses how to handle active violence within the schools which has become a growing national trend with the recent happening in Florida.
Every school has an emergency response plan, cameras inside and outside of the school’s building and there are also school resource officers throughout the districts.
Not only does the Police Department train their officers inside of the school so that they can be familiar with the schools and their floor-plan, they also train them to be able to communicate with the student and staff. The officers likes to listen to the students, staff and parents to see if there are any concerns within the premises of the schools that they need to handle proactively.
“Our kids have a hard enough times right now trying to learn and also deal with social media and other aspects of their lives where they should not have to worry about violence in their schools,” said Plaga. “Schools should be a safe space for kids to feel comfortable to come and go about the business of learning.”