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OPERATION SAFE SCHOOLS

4251 Bonaventure Boulevard

Weston

(I-595 west to I-75, south to Griffin Rd. west to Bonaventure Blvd., then north to address. Follow access road to parking lot)

Thursday, August 23, 2001

2:00 p.m.

Sheriff Ken Jenne will give parents and community leaders a demonstration of BSO’s Operation Safe Schools crisis plan to ensure them that the Sheriff’s Office is taking every measure to keep students safe. Sheriff Jenne unveiled the computer program just prior to the beginning of last school year. Since that time, the compact disk containing emergency contact numbers, photographs and floor plans for more than 60 private and public schools in Broward County, has been distributed to BSO sworn personnel.

The interactive information CD will be used at Thursday’s demonstration by the BSO SWAT Team to simulate how a critical incident would be handled. Knowing whom to call, where to respond, and how to gain access saves time and ultimately saves lives.

Since the debut of Operation Safe Schools last August, BSO deputies used the CD to help protect students and teachers, arriving at a Pompano Beach High School, from a murder suspect who was holding himself hostage at a nearby apartment.

Operation Safe Schools’ floor plans and photos can also be used to help deputies or fire-rescue employees investigate everyday calls such as a prowler on school grounds after hours, or a “haz-mat” incident, such as a gas leak.

The compact disk now includes floor plans of the Broward County Courthouse in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Port Everglades and the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Eventually, Sheriff Jenne hopes to have information on all 216 public schools and all private schools in Broward County added to the compact disk.

MEDIA NOTE: For more information, including a demo of Operation safe Schools, go to the BSO website at www.sheriff.org

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