Chalmette High to receive permanent security presenceOct 14th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: News
This week, the St. Bernard Parish School System and the Sheriff’s Department announced that a full-time resource officer will be stationed at Chalmette High School. They also plan on increasing the number of “drug dog” visits at the middle and high school campuses.
“We have had a longstanding relationship with the Sheriff’s Department,” said Superintendent Doris Voitier.
Two weeks ago, a fight broke out at Chalmette High and caused panic from students and parents who said that they felt as though the school should have officers on site. Voitier expressed that this incident was only a “piece of the puzzle” that caused them to implement a resource officer. Various safety precautions have been going on for years now, and both entities say that they will continue collaborating with each other to ensure safety.
Voitier pointed out that two resource officers have been stationed at Rowley Alternative School in Chalmette for quite some time, and that “drug dogs” returned to duty last spring. She also said that the Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT team frequently practices exercises at all Parish schools to familiarize themselves with the campus layouts.
“Our public schools are safe places for children and have always been that way,” said Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann. “We are fortunate that weapons have never made their way into our schools, and it is our joint responsibility and strong determination to keep it that way.”
Voitier noted that all of the schools’ principles are equipped with hand radios that are set to the Sheriff’s Department’s frequency. This provides a direct line of communication between the school and the Sheriff’s Department should anything happen. Resource officers will enhance this direct line of communication.
Recently retired Maj. Darlene Poche, the former commander of the Juvenile Division, will be put into service as a liaison between the Sheriff’s Office and the school district, said Pohlmann. According to both the Sheriff and Superintendent, all of these measures will strengthen communication and provide safer environments for students.