Nichole Hannahs

Protecting Schools from Violence

by Nichole Hannahs on December 17, 2012 at 6:54 am

Officials at Zanesville Police Department keep in contact with local schools when it comes to safety.

The biggest school that they cover is Zanesville City. They also work with Bishop Rosecrans. Captain Tony Coury said that they do have some officers trained on how to deal with active shooters and how to handle an incident when they first respond.

They also have a book that hold the floor plans for area schools and other information that they may need. He said the Newtown tragedy encourages them to make sure their school information is accurate.

"It makes us make sure that we’re up to date," said Zanesville Police Captain Tony Coury. "It doesn’t change the way we do business. We do have a pretty good plan in place. We have worked extensively with both schools to make sure we know what each other is doing."

Captain Coury said over the years responding to school violence has changed. Since Columbine, it’s now get to the scene and find the threat.

"We try to find the shooter or shooters as fast as we can and try to neutralize that problem and do whatever means we have to stop the threat," said Captain Coury.

Captain Coury said in speaking with Chief Eric Lambes they’ll also be gathering floor plans for Ohio University Zanesville/Zane State and probably will add Zanesville Christian to the list as well.