Grosse Pointe Woods Police Assure Families of School Security Procedures

Special Response Team made up of the Pointes and Harper Woods police officers are trained in school 'lockdown' procedures.


Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Office issued a Nixle Alert yesterday in response to the tragic Connecticut school shooting to assure Grosse Pointe Public School students and their families of the security measures that would be taken in the event that a similar situation should happen in Grosse Pointe Woods.

"As you know we have a Special Response Team composed of officers from the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods. Annually, each department participates in school lockdown procedure training and training for what is termed as an “active shooter” situation," Public Safety Director Andrew Pazuchowski explained in the Nixle report.

Pazuchowski said that in the event a report of a shooting in a school, responding officers would enter as a team and search for and engage the suspect.

"We would not wait for the Special Response Team to be called and respond. All of our schools have security procedures in place," Pazuchowski continued.

"Today, I have advised our School Liaison Officer to contact both public and private schools to ensure compliance with lockdown procedures and building security measures," he said.

Due to the recent tragedies involving active shooters around the country, Director Pazuchowski said the Woods is expediting their annual training for officers in the active shooter program. 

Chip L. December 15, 2012 at 03:02 PM
It takes only moments for incidents to happen. Any response that requires the assembly of a team will only prove to be to late. We need to arm certain individuals inside schools as a first line of defense.
Chris K December 15, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Kudos to Chief Pazuchowski for taking the initiative to use NIXLE to inform the community and for taking the action that he has.
Christopher Profeta December 15, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Is it wise to have conversations like this in front of young students? I know they need to be aware of what to do in an emergency, but I think we should be sensitive to their fears.
Allen Vogel December 16, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I agree with Chip. The quickest way to defend is internally. Train and arm some of the staff. These things can not wait for external response teams.
Julie Madcon December 19, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Arm teachers and administrators? Maybe we should give every student a gun when we issue them a laptop? Really? How about DISARM citizens, starting with automatic weapons. This is not the Wild West, folks.
GP For Life December 19, 2012 at 02:27 PM
You what scares me more? The fact that this acutally makes sense to you and a not insignificant percent of our population. I am sure the crazies and criminals will be lining up to hand over their "automatic" weapons. By the way, no automatic weapons were used in the attack. Take a lap.


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