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CPSO working with school board for better security in schools

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School safety is a hot issue throughout Louisiana and the country.

Calcasieu Parish School Board is making the school campuses even safer for the students and employees by working with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies.

CPSO has been working closely with the school board in coming up with new ideas and ways to make schools safer. That may mean tweaking some of the safeguards already in place. 

Sheriff Tony Mancuso told KPLC the number one goal is keeping the students safe.

According to Mancuso, all schools in Calcasieu Parish have officers on campus. He feels in relation to the rest of the country, schools in the parish are way ahead of the ball game.

"The number one goal and the issue here is protecting our kids and keeping them safe, period. And if should something happen, that we react swiftly and promptly to stop that threat immediately," Mancuso said.

Working will all law enforcement throughout the parish including State Police, Lake Charles Police, and police departments in Sulphur, Vinton, DeQuincy and Iowa to make sure that all emergency places are effective.

"We want to make sure and reassure ourselves that there's nothing new that's presented itself that we need to change or modify to make it better. One of those changes is getting better access for instance to camera systems that are already in place and possibly putting new camera systems in to monitor what's going on in the school during a crisis," he said.

Just one idea, but an idea that would cost more money for both law enforcement departments and the school board, according to Mancuso.

Law enforcement already has blue prints for all the schools, and as far as allowing certain teachers to carry a concealed weapon, Mancuso said he's against it, but the idea hasn't been ruled out yet either.

"We just hope and pray that obviously nothing like this happens in our community," Mancuso said.

Mancuso along with other law enforcement officials and agencies in Calcasieu and from across the state, as well as school board officials, met at the state capitol Thursday morning to testify before the Homeland Security House committee on making schools safer in Louisiana.

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