Cayuga County Sheriff Brian Schenck says his department is working closely with Cayuga County school districts to ensure the safety of students in the wake of the recent school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
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The Sheriff believes there should be armed officers in every school district within the county.
Schenck says there are Resource Officers in the Auburn and Weedsport districts provided by those communities’ Police Departments.
How can we prevent shootings before they happen?
Sheriff’s Deputies have been undergoing training in responding to mental health situations and Schenck says he’s working with Cayuga County Mental Health Director Lauren Walsh on creating a threat assessment team in the hopes of preventing potential shooters from pulling the trigger.
Road Patrol Deputies Nikki Loveless and Brian Kelly completed training last month in hostage negotiations. Schenck says a negotiating team can be a critical resource. Listen to my full Inside the FLX conversation with Sheriff Schenck below.