Created: Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:25:00 MST
Updated: Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:23:27 MST
COLORADO - The Colorado Attorney General, John Suthers announced the Peace Officer Standards and Trainings (POST) Board will have new curriculum training for law enforcement to better prepare them for school emergencies.
Mesa County and Grand Junction law enforcement and School District 51 have been training School Resource Officers (SRO) for years to promote safety in local Grand Valley schools.
"It's nothing new for us, but the fact that the POST board is requiring it means that they too are recognizing how important it is to have highly trained officers in our schools," said Kate Porras of the Grand Junction Police Department.
"Here in Mesa County we've been ahead of the curve with law enforcement. We've trained since Columbine in active shooter, so all law enforcement in the Valley have been trained in that," said School District 51 director of safety Tim Leon, “they were one of the first agencies, the Sheriff's Department and the Police Department here to have school resource officers in the state. They were innovators with this program."
"We know that our kids are precious commodities and we want to make sure that they are staying safe. We really work hard to stay up to date on training, look for new ways of dealing with situations, keeping in touch with our kids, having those good relationships with them that our school resource officers are able to do on a daily basis when they're walking the halls," said Porras.