Georgia law enforcement and educators close out 10th annual Safety in Our Schools Conference

(TIFTON, Ga)- Hundreds of officers, teachers and students closed out the 10th annual Safety in Our Schools Conference at the University of Georgia Tifton, Thursday.

The three day conference has been the chance to learn about new ways to protect themselves when faced with danger in the hallways.

Pamela Lightsey with the Middle District of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Georgia tells us, “We have this conference to give all these educators, and law enforcement the latest tools, techniques and kowledge that they need to be proactive and also be able to react when an incident does happen in their schools.”

In addition to stopping danger in the halls, the conference also gave those in attendance lessons on topics such as weapons screenings and cyber security

We spoke with Georgia Emergency Management Operations Manager, Bill O’Brien about the effectiveness of this program over the last decade.

It is some top level training that we provide. Not only is it training, it’s information and tools they can take back to their schools to implement safety plans and site assessments. Anything safety related, they can take back to their school,” says O’Brien.

And Lt, Mark Landahl from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland spoke with those in attendance about preventing a tragedy.

Landahl says, “This gives the opportunity to share. Like, I’m coming from Maryland to share our story with an averted tragedy, and share those things and where we can learn from each other and make a difference.”

Other topics discussed during the three day conference include current drug trends, as well as weather safety in schools.