Keeping Schools Safe

Okmulgee Police Officer Tristan Walker

Community forum discusses protocol and policy for active shooter situations


Times Staff Writer


Recent events around the country, especially the active shooter situation in Parkland, Fla., inspired discussion between local law and school officials. The Okmulgee Police Department held a forum for countywide schools and law enforcement to provide a central location to discuss policy and protocol for active shooter situations. 

Coming together, law enforcement agencies across the county, including several police departments, are taking steps to standardize their policies across the board to be better prepared if an active shooter situation does occur. 

“We are trying to get together as agencies and trainers and actually, we are training to one standard, makes everybody who works together a whole lot easier,” Investigator Smokey Patchin said. 

Response time is critical to an active shooter situation, and according to Patchin, standardizing and streamlining responses for both law enforcement and schools would create a more efficient reaction to the situation. 

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