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Sheriff: Putnam Officials to Talk School Safety This Afternoon

Part of the meeting will be closed to the public and the media.

Four days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, area authorities, local elected leaders and school officials are slated to come together for a discussion on civic and school security in Putnam Tuesday afternoon.

Part of the meeting will be closed to the public and the media "to allow officials to discuss specific security issues that, if disclosed publicly, would imperil public safety," Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith said. It's happening at the Sheriff's Office at 3 County Center in Carmel, and members of the press are slated to arrive at about 1:15 p.m., Smith announced Monday.

Here is part of a statement Smith released earlier in the day: 

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that security procedures have been enhanced at schools and other pubic facilities in Putnam County following the tragic violence that occurred last Friday at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in nearby Newtown, Connecticut. The Sheriff emphasized that the increased security efforts are being implemented solely as a precaution and not in response to any specific threats.

The Sheriff noted that comprehensive safety procedures have long been in place at area schools and public facilities, but that Friday’s tragedy in neighboring Fairfield County has prompted heightened security awareness and increased preparedness in Putnam County, as it has in many communities across the nation. 

“Putnam County law enforcement agencies, school officials and local government leaders are working together to take appropriate and prudent steps to guard against any potential copy-cat incident here,” said the Sheriff. 

In the years following the infamous school shooting incident at Columbine, Colorado, law enforcement agencies and local school districts in Putnam County and across America developed plans and protocols to safeguard against and respond to similar acts of school violence. Since Columbine, new tactics and training have been devised and implemented for law enforcement officers for responding to situations of active shooters in schools.

By grim coincidence, even as the terrible events were unfolding in Newtown on Friday morning, the Putnam County Emergency Response Team (“ERT”) happened to be assembled for regular training in Carmel, and team members were at that very moment engaged in a mock scenario of an active-shooter in a school. The ERT is comprised of specially trained and heavily armed officers from the Sheriff’s Office and the Carmel and Kent Police Departments.  When news broke of the Newtown shooting, the Putnam County ERT commander called Newtown Police and offered to have the ERT respond to the Sandy Hook school, but that response was not needed because Connecticut police had already secured the scene. 

As information circulated about the Newtown violence, the Sheriff’s Office notified school district officials in Putnam County. The Sheriff’s Office and local police departments dispatched patrols to establish a security presence at area elementary schools and to augment the security already in place at most of the high schools and middle schools in the County, where deputy sheriffs are regularly assigned as school resource officers (“SROs”). Over the weekend, too, the Sheriff’s Office coordinated with local government officials to provide deputies and plainclothes investigators for security at several civic events throughout the county.   

 

sheri December 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I have to say I'm happy to hear that they are conducting this meeting. Not everything shoudl be public knowledge. We apprecaite you protecting us.
Suzanne M December 18, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Thank You to the Putnam county Sheriff's Department they have been in place at the PV school since Columbine I walk past that Deputy and am grateful everytime I walk by THANK YOU for keeping us safe
chris cooper December 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM
What a weird coincidence . . . As the shooting is going on the police are conducting a drill nearby based on a shooter on a rampage in the school. On 911 the military where ingaged in an exercise where planes were hijacked and flown into sky scrappers. In London, UK as the train and bus bombings of 7/7 were going on, Visor Associates were conducting a real life exercise around the EXACT stations AND bus that were attacked, involving the exact scenario !!! Freaky or what.
Tim Kauffman January 02, 2013 at 11:35 AM
@chris...THEY LIVE
Bryan Allen Zimmerman January 02, 2013 at 12:46 PM
You are onto something Chris there was weirdness at Columbine as well. And the batman shooting. Keep digging http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?channelid=36&contentid=10404&page=2
Carroll Quigley January 04, 2013 at 03:51 AM
Yeah the whole thing stinks. No offense, but I don't buy it til I see credible CCTV footage. This is too much to be coincidence.
Tim Kauffman January 06, 2013 at 08:52 PM
*HSEEP...DHS operation. *Parallel school shooting drill going on nearby around the same time. *CRISIS ACTORS. *VISION BOX. *The color GREEN mentioned and emphasizied in interviews. *Devil Sign hand gestures. *The OWL drawing. ...Research and connect the dots people
Cheryl January 13, 2013 at 02:39 AM
I understand everything but the color green being emphasized. Is it a favorite Satanic color? I know one of the fake funerals highlighted purple.
Tim Kauffman January 22, 2013 at 11:33 PM
It seems the color Green is favored by Satanists and Druids. There also seems to be a connection and similarities that Satanists, Druids, and Freemasonry all share together. (Of course I can't "prove" any of this...lol) Here's a really good YouTube site for some Sandy Hook stuff. (They use "foul" language sometimes, but I think it's honest language). FREERADIOREVOLUTION http://www.youtube.com/user/freeradiorevolution?feature=watch Long live Investigative Journalism!

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