Two Huntington Police Officers Now Assigned to City Schools

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Huntington Police Department is assigning two officers to every school, within the city limits.

"We're trying to be proactive" says Capt. Mike Albers. "The biggest threat, is the one we don't know about."

Cabell County Schools has been part of an on-going effort to strengthen school security. In all of it's new buildings, visitors must pass through the office, before being granted access to the school building. Many older schools are also being modified, to make that scenario possible.

"We work on safety all the time." says Cabell County Schools Spokesman, Jedd Flowers. "We met monthly with members of Homeland Security, we go over crisis plans and we practice our drills."

The two officers assigned, won't walk the halls full time. Their assignment is to build a partnership between the school system and law enforcement.

"There are two officers assigned to each school and they have different days off." says Captain Albers. "There will always been one that's familiar with the geography, layout and personnel in the school. It's helps us in the event we have to respond to an emergency."

The assignments are for schools in city limits. That includes a partnership with both Cabell and Wayne County Schools as well as the local private and parochial schools.

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