Valley police chiefs seek safety meeting with school administrators

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YAKIMA VALLEY -- Police chiefs across the Yakima Valley want to speak with schools about preventing tragedies like the Sandy Hook shooting.

Police chiefs along with a Yakima County Sheriff's Lieutenant met Wednesday in Wapato.

One idea put on the table would establish campus responders; a school employee or teacher with a military or police background that would be trained to carry a gun on campus.

That person would respond to any emergencies inside the building.

A second option would provide a student resource officer at every school but that would require money that isn't there.

"Have actual rapid responders within the school system itself. It would basically be something to look at to assist and protect," said Granger Police Chief Robert Perales.

Local law enforcement is also looking to strengthen coordination between the agencies.

Lt. Brian Winter from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office said most officers have already been trained to work together in emergencies.

This plan is still in the development stage. Another meeting is being scheduled for January which will include Yakima Valley school administrators.