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Law enforcement urges schools to have security assessments for safety following Texas tragedy

The Orange County Sheriff‘s Office is hosting an active shooter presentation with tips for schools and parents on how to keep kids safe during an emergency.

Blaise Gomez

May 25, 2022, 9:17 PM

Updated 727 days ago

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The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is providing free security assessments for schools to identify risks and steps districts, teachers and students can take to stay safe in an active shooter situation.  
It’s a service they’ve provided for the past decade but surprisingly, Undersheriff Ken Jones says many Orange County districts have not reached out.  
“Schools have to look at their security through a different prism then they have historically,” said Jones. “Unfortunately, what we are hearing in Texas is that a door was left open.” 
Security concerns have come up at several Hudson Valley schools in recent months.  

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On Tuesday, a student at North Rockland High School was bludgeoned with a Hennessey bottle when a student from another building was somehow let in. 
Administration has not commented on the apparent security breach but said the teenage assailant has been arrested. 
Several students at Newburgh Free Academy were assaulted when a group of people entered through a door last December. Newburgh district officials said they hired more security after the incident there. 
“There is no excuse for unlocked doors in a school where children are going to school,” said Jones. “Unsecured doors are just unacceptable at this moment in history.” 
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has a total of 53 school security deputies in 25 buildings in Orange County.  
Other schools have police resource officers and security. Jones wouldn’t say which schools have yet to have a safety assessment. He’s urging any district that has not yet done so, to reach out. 
The Orange County Sheriff‘s Office is hosting an active shooter presentation with tips for schools and parents on how to keep kids safe during an emergency. 
It’s being held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Emergency Services Center in Goshen. 
The event is open to the public.  


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