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Schools and Sheriffs Office Working Together


BANGOR - It is law enforcement's worst nightmare.


"There's nothing worse than a child call of any kind, when a child has been hurt. Then to have multiple casualties like this in a school," says Sheriff Glenn Ross.


Superintendent of Bangor Schools, Dr. Betsy Webb, says "Students and they're safety is our number 1 thing."


An intruder in a school, a frightening scenario that no one wants to think of, but after a number of incidents around the country within in the last year, Penobscot county among others is ready.


Ross says, "Oxford, Kennebec, and Penobscot that had secured a grant to help put their emergency plans into the regional computer systems of law enforcement."


That grant, $250,000.00, came by way of the federal government with help of Representative Mike Michaud.  Ross adds, "He's taken our model, and has written congressional legislation trying to get it funded at a national level as a model for other agencies."


Parts of that model include schools providing blue prints to the sheriffs office as well as the school's administration's contact information.  Webb says, "Those that are the first responders have information so that when they're getting here they know how the buildings laid out." Ross adds, "Today, with this information the dispatcher can say turn right its at the library at the end of the hall."


As for the students, Webb says, "Most students really respond too, okay my teacher my school has a plan, I know that they have a plan.  We practice these plans so that we know what to do."


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