Spokane Public Schools, City Issue Joint Statement Following Con - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Public Schools, City Issue Joint Statement Following Connecticut's Tragedy

Posted: Updated:

KHQ.COM - Spokane Public Schools and the City of Spokane and its Police Department have released a joint statement to convey their sympathies regarding the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and to highlight their ongoing collaboration and commitment to student and school safety in our own community.

HERE'S THE STATMENT:

"Our relationship with the police department is invaluable," says Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger. "We rely on them for training, for consultation and for response to emergencies. It is notable that the first people I heard from today were the chief's office and the mayor's office. With their support we will continue to look at ways we can improve the safety and security of our students and staff."

"I know I speak for our entire community when I say that we are heartbroken over the tragic events that occurred in Connecticut this morning," says Spokane Mayor David Condon. "The City of Spokane and Spokane Public Schools work closely together in many ways to help ensure that our kids are safe at school and within our community. And, we will continue to seek ways to improve their safety."

"The Spokane Police Department works very closely with Spokane Public Schools to be able to respond to emergencies," says Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub. "Every SPD officer is trained to respond to active shooter situations. 

We have trained in our local schools, developed joint plans, and have detailed layouts of every school within in the City to speed our response. Protecting our students and our schools is very important to us, and we have increased our police coverage at our schools today in light of the day's events."

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • One person dead after hit & run in Spokane Valley

    One person dead after hit & run in Spokane Valley

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 1:02 PM EDT2014-09-02 17:02:36 GMT
    KHQ.COM - One person is dead after a hit and run near I-90 Park Rd. in Spokane Valley. It happened around 1:30 am on Tuesday. At this point police do not have a suspect description but are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.>>
    KHQ.COM - One person is dead after a hit and run near I-90 Park Rd. in Spokane Valley. It happened around 1:30 am on Tuesday. At this point police do not have a suspect description but are asking for anyone who may have witnessed the incident to call Crime Check at 509-456-2233.>>
  • VIRAL VIDEO: Holy Moly! This girl is definitely NOT afraid of spiders!

    VIRAL VIDEO: Holy Moly! This girl is definitely NOT afraid of spiders!

    Monday, September 1 2014 12:00 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:00:12 GMT
    KHQ.COM - You don't even know what this girl is about to do to prove she is definitely NOT afraid of spiders! Is she crazy or just fearless? Would you do this for $500? $1,000? $20,000? >>>WATCH>>>>>
    KHQ.COM - You don't even know what this girl is about to do to prove she is definitely NOT afraid of spiders! Is she crazy or just fearless? Would you do this for $500? $1,000? $20,000? >>>WATCH>>>>>
  • PHOTOS: Share your back-to-school pics!

    PHOTOS: Share your back-to-school pics!

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:18 PM EDT2014-09-02 16:18:59 GMT
    KHQ.COM - School is starting! Everyone knows the drill right? Before you can run out the door and jump on the bus, mom always has to snag a picture to remember her little baby growing up through the years! We want to see those photos! Whether they are from this year, last year or 50 years ago, send us the photos of your first day of school!>>
    KHQ.COM - School is starting! Everyone knows the drill right? Before you can run out the door and jump on the bus, mom always has to snag a picture to remember her little baby growing up through the years! We want to see those photos! Whether they are from this year, last year or 50 years ago, send us the photos of your first day of school!>>