SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HOSTS SEPT 5-6 WORKSHOP ON SAFER SCHOOLS

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HOSTS SEPT 5-6 WORKSHOP ON SAFER SCHOOLS

Doña Ana County Sheriff Juan Hernandez has arranged for more than 100 area law-enforcement and education professionals to receive specialized training in creating safer schools. The training will take place Sept. 5 and 6 at the Holiday Inn de Las Cruces.
The class, which is accredited by the National Sheriff’s Association, offers training related to awareness, warning signs, response planning, emergency management, crisis response strategies, threat assessment, violence prevention, campus safety teams, media relations and crisis management.
As of Friday, Aug. 31, 2001, 105 area professionals from both the law enforcement and education communities had signed up for the training, making the Las Cruces class one of the largest ever offered in the southwest region, Hernandez said.
“We never want a Columbine-like tragedy to take place in Doña Ana County,” Hernandez said. “This training will assist us in making sure that our schools are as safe as they can be, and that educators and law enforcement personnel are working together to achieve the common goal.”
For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229. More information about the National Sheriff’s Association is available at www.sheriffs.org, and more information about the Community Safety Institute can be found on the Web at www.communitysafetytips.com.