LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Roughly 321,000 students will return to Clark County School District classes on Monday.
Before students step foot on campus, authorities gathered to discuss many of the initiatives students can expect this year. CCSD police and administrators, along with their counterparts from UNLV and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department gathered at Metro’s Fusion Center to talk about how they plan to keep students safe.
Law enforcement and the district stress safety is their No. 1 priority. That means addressing gang violence along with weapons on campus
Metro police on Wednesday revealed a federal agency plans to help with the issue this year.
Metro Captain Sasha Larkin said, “The LVMPD and the ATF Gun Crimes Intelligence Center Task Force have partnered with the Clark County School District police department to combat gun violence on school campuses.”
“Detectives and agents from the federal task force will respond to all firearms located or recovered on school grounds,” Larkin said.
Dr. Jesus Jara, CCSD superintendent, announced, “We will continue with our random searches as we did last year. We’re going to continue with our K-9 officers in our schools.”
CCSD Police Chief James Ketsaa said, “We will have 2 K-9 classroom sniffs everyday at school.”
And Ketsaa talked about the gang situation.
“Gangs are somewhat of a problem,” he acknowledged.
A CCSD officer will continue working with Metro’s gang unit full time.
And CCSD police are also seeking grant funding for a program to combat gang violence. The program would allow CCSD to work with Metro during the weekends and evening hours.
The school board plans to consider this option at Thursday’s meeting.
Over the summer, CCSD police worked with the Metro gang unit and did ride-alongs with officers.
“They got to learn a little bit about our response protocols and vice versa,” Larkin said.
Authorities emphasized that parents need to stay aware of their children, and prevent weapons coming to school.
“Please take an active role in knowing what’s in your child’s backpack and what can never be in their backpack,” Larkin said.
Other steps in preparing for the school year include CCSD police completing active shooter training over the summer, and UNLV bringing two additional K-9 units and 100 new cameras to the campus.
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