OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Overland Park Police officers made their presence felt at schools across the district on Friday following word of the Connecticut school shooting.
“We just want to make people at ease that we are out there and watching,” said Overland Park Police public information officer Gary Mason.
Officials say that you can never be completely prepared for this type of environment, but Mason says metro police are learning to limit that damage if something like this breaks.
“For our response, number one is always going to eliminate the threat and try to save as many lives as we can, and we’ve trained on a regular basis, not only with patrol officers but with tactical and swat,” said Mason.
Parent Marie Spector was happy to see the officers at Oak Hill Elementary and Oxford Middle School.
“I’m glad at least they are watching out for our kids, they are our most priceless resource, our children,” said Spector. She says that although its unfathomable, she’s glad her kids are prepared in case the worst should happen.
“At Oak Hill, they have code red drills, where they actually practice with the kids in case something like that happens, which is just sad that you have to,” said Spector.
It’s a sad reality for officers like Mason.
“Anytime you deal with hurting kids or anything like that it certainly pulls at your heart, you really think about the families involved in Connecticut and we try not to picture that happening here – but it can happen anywhere,” said Mason.