Law enforcement talk school safety in the Dothan area

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jul. 25, 2019 at 6:44 PM CDT
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Dothan City Schools are still undergoing changes before the school year starts.

Some of those changes that will help students stay safe.

"Safety is top priority," Director of Safety, Security, and Attendance for Dothan City Schools Scott Faulk.

One of the safety measures is to include school resource officers.

"We want an experienced law enforcement officer to work in the schools," Director of Operations of National Association of School Resource Officers.

Those officers need extensive training to understand a student's mind.

"We have adolescent mental health training for school resource officers and it teaches them what to look for mental health wise. You know what are signs that a person is suffering from mental health issues and how to communicate with those people," said Hardy.

Faulk plans to take full advantage of those officers training.

"Our goal is to utilize them all in all of our school systems and to have at least the presence of Dothan City Police on every campus every single day."

Hardy says he want parents to know Dothan City Schools are safe

"Dothan and Houston County Deputies and officers have been trained. They're very diligent in that training. We've been around 29 years and when I looked back at my records they had a long list of officers that have been trained so they are properly selected and that is very important getting the right person to go inside and work the schools."

Dothan Preparatory Academy and Dothan High School are also installing new security measures at main entrances before the school year starts.

Any threats to Dothan City Schools can be reported anonymously on the system's website.