Kranz said that the police division has a good relationship with the local schools and the walk-throughs also allows officers to conduct a security survey in order to point out what could be improved.
“It really works out well for us to come in and kind of augment what they are doing already and help the school along with some of their physical security side,” Kranz added.
The recent grant from the state will allow the district to allocate $50,000 to each of its 16 school buildings to increase safety measures as well as implement any recommendations made as a result of the recently conducted safety walk-throughs.
“They are getting familiar with the buildings, but they are also looking at certain safety features that we have in place. From their perspective, are those features effective, do they need to be improved? They also just want to establish a good relationship with our administrators as well,” said Jenna Leinasars, a spokesperson for Springfield City Schools, regarding the recent walk-throughs and what local officers and firefighters hope to accomplish with them.
Not every school building will see a saftey walk-through being conducted and recommendations made for one can be implemented at another, school officials said.
The walkthroughs also allow public safety forces to get a good layout of school buildings in case of an emergency.
“One of the most basic things they are looking at is getting familiar with the buildings. Are things labeled clearly so if a first responder was to enter a building and look for somewhere specific, can they find that space quickly,” Leinasars said.
Members of Springfield SWAT and the Springfield Fire Division are expected to meet with the school district’s Safety Manager to a do a formal debrief and share some recommendations regarding what can be done to improve building and overall school safety.