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Officers from around TX come to SA for school safety training

Law enforcement learn from past threats, tragedies

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In the same week a threat was made to local elementary schools referencing violence on or around April 24, police officers from across the state gathered at the SAISD Burnet building for training on school-based law enforcement.

The training, put on by the Texas School Safety Center Summit with Texas State University, was planned last fall and is unrelated to the threat.

San Antonio police say the unspecified threat of violence made against local elementary schools is not credible.

Members of law enforcement from various school districts, SAPD, Boerne, Kerrville and Pasadena attended Wednesday's free training.

Instructors focused on "recognizing mental illnesses, being prepared for an active shooter, what to do after the incident has occurred," said Joe Munoz, manager of the Institute of Criminal Justice on the Texas State campus.

"Part of the training we do already is talk about the threats that are made and how to respond to them," Munoz said, when asked if the recent threat of violence impacted the training. "So that's already being discussed here. I mean, its so proactive that what's happened here is something we've already prepared for."

The threat of violence impacted attendance at the training session. Fewer officers were able to attend because of it.

"We had 115 signed up, but unfortunately 45 didn't show up because, you know, rightfully so they've put those resources back on their campuses locally," Munoz said.

Another key component to Tuesday's training was learning how to interact on social media, interpret messages and search for information.

"It's definitely something we can pass on to the parents when we talk to them -- to be mindful of what your kids are doing on social media," said Lt. Stanley Slate with SAISD Police.

The training program travels to the San Antonio area annually.


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