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SAFETY MEASURES: Committee unites police, school administrators

September 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Local law enforcement and school administrators are joining forces to provide a safer environment for Whitley County's students.

Whitley County Probation, Columbia City Police, Indiana State Police, The Bowen Center, Whitley County Department of Child Services, Churubusco Police and the Whitley County Sheriff's Department were all represented at a school safety meeting Friday, which included officials from all three of Whitley County's school districts.

Law enforcement officers have added extra patrol in the schools recently, both to increase security and build relationships with Whitley County's students.

"The kids and teachers are really positive about the police walk-throughs," Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat O'Connor said. "It's making a huge positive impact for the school corporation."

The Indiana State Police Emergency Response Team is scheduled to come to Columbia City High School to train local officers on active shooter situations — such as the tragic events that happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, when 20 children and six teachers were shot and killed.

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