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Sheriff Meets With School Superintendents

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Rochester: Sheriff Meets With School Superintendents
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Monroe County's school superintendents met with the county Sheriff's Department Tuesday to talk about safety, in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting.

"We just want to thank you all for coming here," said Sheriff Patrick O'Flynn.

A seminar on safety.

"Very informative," said David Green, East Rochester School District. "There's a lot of things I'm going to bring back to my school."

A standard review of what's keeping our children safe.

"Any way we can improve what we're doing," said Pamela Kissel, Monroe County Superintendents' Council Chair.

For two hours, all of Monroe County's superintendents and their staff, sat down with the Sheriff's Department. The goal: to do as much as possible, to prevent tragedy.

"Since the Newtown, Connecticut situation, we've been inundated with phone calls, not only from concerned citizens but also from school districts, saying, 'Can you come and look, and see how we can enhance our security procedures,'" O'Flynn said.

Most of Tuesday's talk centered on the police and sheriff department's crisis response, something that's already discussed every year.

"The things that maybe collectively make sense, either as individual districts or as a whole," Kissel said.

The Sheriff also presented some new ideas.

"They presented some policies that they do for their own people that we might want to consider. They monitor their employees for mental health, psychological health. You're looking for warning signs, areas of concern," Green said.

Superintendents also hoped to further discuss aerial imaging and mapping out their school buildings, to further quicken emergency response.

Most attendees told YNN the meeting was very beneficial.

All have one thought in mind:

"You need to be mindful of all potential avenues of threat," Green said.

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