New security measures in place at Warren schools to prevent shootings

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Mayor's Office, Warren police and school leaders have developed a new plan to keep students safe in the city.

It was designed to prevent school shootings and speed up the response time if a situation develops.

The program was the result of a directive issued by Mayor Jim Fouts. He said he initiated the program as a response to what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

"My immediate reaction as mayor was to instruct the police department to take measures to ensure safety in our schools," said Fouts.

The nine-step plan includes requiring all police officers and command staff to complete an active shooter/rapid response course by mid-April.

Officers will also make daily visits to schools in order to familiarize themselves with buildings and staff.

The police department has also obtained copies of school floor plans and master keys, so they can respond quickly in the event of a shooting and know exactly where to go.

The city has trained nine Warren fire department medics in the active shooter program. In the event of a shooting, those medics will enter schools will first responders to begin treatment of the wounded.

Mayor Fouts says school administrators have been very cooperative.

Since January, 15 schools have asked police to review their emergency plans and have made several improvements.

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