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Could Police Sub-Stations Be Coming to Ladue District Schools?

That idea was among a number that are on the table as school district officials discuss how to beef up security at district buildings. A consulting firm may be engaged to look at the district's overall planning.

The Ladue School Board continued its dialogue on school safety at the regular monthly district workshop meeting, and among the ideas discussed was putting police sub-stations in schools.

Rich Wooten, Ladue’s chief of police, was among those at the workshop meeting; he said the idea of sub-stations might work.

The Ladue district is also considering hiring a security consulting firm. Fees would range anyway from $12,000 to $15,000 for one year of service.

On Jan. 31, Jason Buckner of the district and five other district employees attended a county school safety meeting for law enforcement. Buckner reviewed the highlights of the meeting with the school board members.

These were some of the highlights of the discussion:

  • There is no single answer to an active shooter situation
  • If a shooter does not care about his/her own life, then shootings cannot be prevented
  • Some tax money may have to be set aside to beef up building security

The Ladue district is looking for ways to increase the security and safety at all of its district buildings, by improving the following:

  • Fence building perimeters
  • Create one way in and out of buildings
  • Hire more resource officers and train secondary officers
  • Do a better job of identifying young people with mental illnesses
  • Install hallway security gates
  • Put numbers on inside doors
  • Create police sub stations in the schools

Chief Wooten said the sub station idea might work.

Wooten, who has been in law enforcement for 28 years, 3 1/2 with Ladue says sub stations are typically in high crime areas like stores and super markets.

Board member Stacy Washington dealt with various aspects of the report.

"As a parent and a board member, we know where we are, but now we need to know where we are going (with safety)," she said. "Our current budgets are probably not friendly in the area of having resource officers at all of our schools. I like the idea of establishing sub-stations at each school," said Washington.

By this, the district would dedicate office space where officers from local police departments could drop by from time to time to do work, and create an overall presence at those buildings.

"There are a number of things we can do to be smarter when it comes to school safety," said Washington.

flyoverland February 13, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Here's an idea that wouldn't cost much and would have great deterrent effect. When Ladue/CC/Olivette police trade in their old cars, the school should buy one for each school and leave it parked out front occasionally moving it around the lot. It would provide a deterrent effect to intruders and also probably slow down cars driving by.
CreveCoeurDad February 13, 2013 at 03:57 PM
I have to admit, that's actually not a bad idea. If you combined it with occasional random police walkthroughs, so that no one actually knows when they are there, then you might actually have a pretty cost effective deterrent to what is actually a very rare problem.
AnAreaResident February 16, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Indeed! Certainly preferable to arming teachers. Can't believe that they let someone get on camera a few months ago saying that it was under consideration (although I suppose that's what happens when no one in particular is at the wheel).

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