The Blountstown Police Department recently assisted Blountstown Middle School (BMS) Principal Neva Miller with preparing teachers for the 2014-15 school year. Officers provided an overview of what do do in an “active shooter” situation. Unfortunately, school shootings have become a common occurrence, and knowing what to do in a crisis situation can save lives.
Earlier this year, local school administrators and law enforcement agencies, including the Blountstown Police Department, participated in an extensive campus safety exercise in Franklin County. Principal Miller felt that the insight gained during that training should be brought back and shared with her staff.
Chief Mark Mallory, Captain Adam Terry, and SRO Eddie Dalton met with BMS teachers on their first day back to work. SRO Dalton led the presentation which included case studies, statistics, and safety strategies to help teachers prepare for the worst.
In addition to the classroom presentation, the law enforcement officers also fired blanks in school corridors so teachers could become familiar with the sound of a firearm being discharged on campus.
Administrators were very happy with the training, and felt that it could be beneficial to all district schools. The Blountstown Police Department was happy to assist, and looks forward to upholding their commitment to school and community safety.