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Staff practices safety and security
Staff members practice safety and security
Posted on 09/18/2019
Working to ensure students and staff are safe at school

Ferrucci Junior High staff gathered in the library last August, where they learned some new things about safety and emergency preparedness. The training was an active shooter tabletop exercise presented by School Resource Officer Mark Ketter. In addition to lockdown procedures, situational awareness concepts and ideas were part of the discussion. The training included scenarios and discussion on possible reactions. It helps staff be more aware of the environment around them, such as when walking down the hall or outside on campus and helps them assess possible actions when something doesn’t look right.
FJH training
On another day, 23 district campus and patrol security officers spent the morning training on defensive tactics with Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies at Puyallup High School. In the afternoon they met with the Puyallup Police Department detectives and officers to focus on crime suppression – looking at current trends they need to be aware of, specifically relating to drug use and selling.

When it comes to safety and security in Puyallup schools, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Ongoing staff training and collaboration takes place year-round throughout the district and includes the most recent and relevant subjects.

All staff receive security and safety training relevant to their role in the district. For example, Puyallup school bus drivers recently engaged in a tabletop exercise focused on bus safety.

Campus Security Officers and Campus Patrol Officers

The district employs two Campus Security Officers in every high school, one in every junior high, and one at Digital Learning. Many are retired from the military or law enforcement. Each month they are trained in a variety of subjects. Those trainings include:

     • Investigation techniques;
     • Trends in drug use;
     • Traumatic wound care and how to stop bleeding (training by fire department); 
     • District policies and procedures;
     • Other departments: critical systems, facilities and operations, use of cameras and door locks;
     Emergency Planning;
     • Rapid Responder (state mapping to assist in emergency response)

Ferrucci Junior High Campus Security Officer Dan Spicer has worked for the district for 22 years. He says the defensive tactics they learn not only keep themselves safe, but students and staff as well. “It’s nice to have the refresher and get back together as a team.”

School Resource Officers

There are six commissioned law enforcement officers who serve as School Resource Officers dedicated to serving Puyallup schools. Three are Puyallup Police officers and three are Pierce County deputies. They provide on-site presence and respond to calls as needed. They also help as advisory when there are questions regarding practices and protocols to ensure the campuses are safe.

Pierce County K-12 Work Group

School officials meet regularly with law enforcement through the Pierce County K-12 Work Group. The group includes school officials, School Resource Officers and other law enforcement, Washington Schools Risk Management Pool, and county and city Emergency Management.

They come together to talk about issues relating to public school safety, security, and emergency preparedness. They work together to develop common training materials for school staff, such as lockdowns and situational awareness.

That group has representatives that link back to Washington Police Chiefs Association and the school superintendents.