MONTGOMERY (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday he believes the ultimate solution to the school safety issue rests with law enforcement.
The governor Monday addressed the opening session of a two-day seminar at a Montgomery hotel on school safety. Bentley, legislators and education officials have been discussing how to keep schools safe since the December shootings at a Connecticut elementary school.
A number of proposals have been made to deal with school safety, but Bentley says he wants law enforcement officers to have a say in the final solution.
Bentley said a solution that involves law enforcement doesn’t mean there must be a police officer in every school.
The governor said it will take people working together to come up with a solution to the problem.
Much of the discussion at the conference Monday and today will concern a computer program known as “Virtual Alabama,” which allows emergency responders to a call at a school, hospital or other similar facility to be able to access information and maps about the facility, such as where hazardous materials are located.
“We’re here to discuss this technology that can save lives,” the governor said.
Alabama’s Homeland Security Director and senior law enforcement adviser Spencer Collier said the reason for of the conference is that “there’s nothing more important to us than school safety.”
When: Today, 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., registration at 7:30 a.m.
Where: Decatur Baptist Church, 2527 Danville Road, S.W.
Guest speakers will be Phil Chalmers, an authority on juvenile homicide and mass murder; Greg Gilbert, 1985 Austin High graduate and former University of Alabama football player; and John Croyle, who also played at Alabama and operates Big Oak Ranch, a home and educational facility for troubled children.
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