Johnson County task force releases report on school safety following Sandy Hook

Prairie Village Police Chief Wes Jordan showed the City Council the think binder with the task force's full report on school safety.
Prairie Village Police Chief Wes Jordan showed the City Council the think binder with the task force’s full report on school safety.

The group of Johnson and Miami County law enforcement officials who began working on a comprehensive review of school safety in the area after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre have issued their report, which outlines dozens of tactics for preventing, containing and stopping school violence.

Prairie Village Police Chief Wes Jordan on Monday showed the City Council the binder containing the full report, which Jordan said has not been made available to the public given the sensitive nature of the details in includes. The group has, however, produced an executive summary that gives and overview of the strategies for preventing violence divided into four categories. They are:

  • Identifying both internal and external threats to school communities
  • Advanced planning
  • Securing facility perimeters, and
  • Last resort measures (creating a lifeboat out of a classroom)

Jordan told the council that police and sheriff’s department officials were in talks with school districts about how to proceed with implementation of some of the prevention strategies, but that the process could be complicated and costly.

“Every school building is different and every school has a different principal,” Jordan said. “So there is no single way to make all of these things happen.”

Jordan said that a seemingly simple step, like having the locks on school doors changed to ensure all doors can be secured in case of an emergency, could carry major expense.

“Looking at that change, the costs are very high, so we’re working with the schools to see what is feasible,” he said.

A portion of the executive summary is below:

https://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Doc-Aug-6-2013-8-03-AM.pdf