City Police Department and Marfa ISD Partner to Improve School Security
Marfa ISD teachers, administrators, and staff recently attended a two-hour training on preparing and responding to an active shooter event or other attack. The workshop, presented by Marfa Chief of Police Estevan Marquez, was part of the school’s professional development workday on Columbus Day, Monday, October 8. Marquez emphasized the importance of training and planning throughout the session.
“The most important thing is that we have a plan in place. It needs to be a coordinated effort between police and school administrators, and teachers need to understand how to help us do our job in the case of an attack.”
At the end of the presentation, Superintendent Oscar Aguero and Chief Marquez took questions and comments from staff, noting concerns and possible areas for improvement. “This is first step in the process of MISD and PD working together to create a safer place for students and community,” said Aguero following the session. Marquez and several officers completed the required certification to teach the training course – Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) – earlier this month through the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center developed at Texas State University. The course provides civilians with strategies and plans for surviving an event, historical data and statistics, and options for responding. Marfa Police Department is able to provide similar trainings, free of charge, for interested local businesses and organizations. For more information, contact Chief Marquez at email@example.com.