School, other officials work on crisis plans _lowres

Photo provided by Charlotte Guedry -- Taking part April 1 in a meeting in Gonzales to disucss school crisis plans, from front center seated, are Sgt. Martin Mapp, school Resource Officer Lee Stromberg, Sgt. Kenny Stell, Corp. Randy Clouatre Jr., Officer Derek LeBlanc and Assistant Chief of Police Leland Sykes.

School officials, emergency responders and law enforcement representatives sat down April 1 to talk about what would happen after a school crisis.

Agencies worked on plans dealing with reuniting a student with parents after a school crisis, said Charlotte Guedry, Gonzales Police Department spokeswoman.

She said several area agencies have drafted school crisis plans, but Gonzales police officials found an area of the plan that needed improvement.

“These plans have taken time to develop through testing and evaluation, working with the many different governmental agencies involved,” she said in a news release. “Law enforcement consistently trains to deal with the elimination of a threat, but we at the city of Gonzales Police Department, have discovered deficiencies in specific predesigned plans to address the aftermath of a school crisis event.

“These plans have been developed to assist law enforcement personnel to improve upon the efficiency in which we are able to reunite a student from the effected site back to the student’s parent or legal guardian,” she said.

She said lessons learned by the city police department have been added to the parish’s plan.

Planning exercises have bene held with the Ascension Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, she said.

Several additional exercises are planned “in order to finalize plans initiated, and we look forward to working closely with Sheriff (Jeff) Wiley and all the governmental agencies involved as we fine tune the crisis response plans,” she said.