Public safety summit in St. George discusses possible changes for safer schools

Public safety summit in St. George discusses possible changes for safer schools

(KUTV)- As the nation sees more mass shootings and threats towards our children’s school’s, politicians and law enforcement in Utah are teaming up to make changes that will help students feel safe in classrooms.

“Being able to get those resources to them early on and be able to prevent some tragedies that we unfortunately see is a big part of what's happening,” Commissioner Keith Squires said.

The eleventh annual Public Safety Summit was hosted by Governor Gary Herbert Wednesday. Bringing hundreds of members of law enforcement, EMS, fire, health care and administrators from all over Utah, the summit discusses ideas and ways to improve public safety.

“We were talking about operation Rio Grande and how it's opened my eyes in not doing things traditionally,” Squires said.

According to Squires there is talk of adding more armed officers in schools, more mental health counselors, and even providing officers with mental health training to help spot troubled students earlier.

“I think is really what the future is with how we are going to apply security in our schools and in our communities,” Squires said.

This summit brought over 400 men and women from around the state and included workshops and presentations given by officers who dealt with the deadly Las Vegas shooting.

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