I'm a high school principal, and am fortunate to have a close working relationship with our local LE officers. We don't have a school resource officer, but our local officers are frequently in my school. We are all on a first-name basis, and have each others' cell numbers. We talk emergency response and tactics, and cooperate on tabletop and lockdown drills. We exchange information as freely as we can without violating laws. It is a true partnership that isn't as common as it should be.
I used to do emergency response training for school administrators and teachers, and I always advocated that they invite LEOs and other responders into their school -- develop relationships with them before the emergency. From some administrators, I got some pushback on bringing police into schools -- educators and cops see the world differently, and some principals aren't comfortable around cops. Often the first few conversations between educators and cops are difficult, as it is a collision of cultures and paradigms. Like any partnership, it takes time to develop. (Of course, I'm not the most typical educator -- I tend to "click" with the LEO world due to my personality and background.)
I know that our officers and I have both been told by other school districts and departments that we have something that is unusual and envied by others. If more schools had the type of partnership that I have with my local cops, schools would be safer if only because of the exchange of information and joint planning/preparation.
I've been saying that we (my department) should be doing not just walk throughs in all our schools, but doing actual air soft active shooter training in the schools during the summers when they aren't in session (could use our Simunitions gear, but then have to clean up the walls, etc lol)
all my comments/suggestions have fallen on deaf ears
I'm now typing up a list of recommendations to the school board as a parent and as a LEO, that covers many areas of security as well as training for teachers/staff, and concerning firearms being allowed and providing training.
I'm willing to bet that most, if not all, of our firearms instructors, and a lot of us that are not officially instructors, would volunteer time on some saturdays to train teachers to handle an active shooter event. Heck, if some officers fire a gun for the first time in the academy, we can surely teach school staff to handle a firearms properly and protect our kids. We need to demand it.
I'm sick of seeing our kids being sitting ducks.
I'm going to my son's principle to discuss volunteering one day a week of my days off to be at the school. Thats one of the things I'm typing up in my proposal to the school board.
To me, it sounds like some higher ups need hearing aids. The local PD was using empty houses to perform SWAT training, so why not use "high-level" targets like the empty local schools? Makes good sense to me.