Area Police Chiefs Meet with Highline School District About Its Security Plan

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Highline School District Superintendent Susan Enfield and members of her leadership team met Thursday (Jan. 10) with top law enforcement officials of the five municipalities in the south end to discuss recommendations for strengthening school safety.

Attending the meeting with Enfield and her staff were Burien Chief Scott Kimerer, Des Moines Chief George Delgado, Normandy Park Chief Chris Gaddis, SeaTac Chief James Graddon, and King County Sheriff’s Captain Patrick Butschli.

All have agreed to assist Highline with recommendations.

As many of our Readers may be aware, the school district recently denied reports that it was going to disarm its security guards – read our coverage about that here.

“We are grateful for the partnership and expertise of our local police officials as we develop security standards that will provide the safest possible environment for our students and staff,” Dr. Enfield said. “We look forward to working with our police chiefs throughout the process of evaluating and updating our security program.”

Since last spring, the district has been in the process of evaluating its current school security program and studying state-of-the-art practices and standards. District staff is currently drafting recommendations for updating the security program.

Draft recommendations are expected to go to the school board in the coming weeks.

Parents, students, staff, and the public will have opportunities to provide feedback on the recommendations before the school board takes action.

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