December 21, 2012
This is a joint statement from the Anchorage School District and the Anchorage Police Department regarding school safety.
Anita Shell, APD Public Affairs, 907-786-8664
Heidi Embley, ASD Communications, 907-742-4158
Statement regarding school safety
The tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut has put school safety at the forefront. The aftermath of the shooting has many people suggesting new ways of addressing safety in our schools.
The Anchorage Police Department and the Anchorage School District have a long history of working closely together. The SRO program is an excellent example of that collaboration. Following every significant incident like the one in Connecticut, we work together to examine a variety of options to improve safety for our children.
There is no one answer to this problem. We are examining a variety of different ideas. We welcome suggestions and embrace community dialogue on this important topic. However, we are not prepared to comment on each new idea advanced in the media. The safety of both students and staff at every school continues to be our number one priority.