Training Session to Increase School Security Citywide

Updated: Jul 21, 2020

The Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) hosted the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) SWAT for a citywide active shooter simulation and training session for faculty and staff of all Orleans Parish Public Schools. The session was part of a continuing partnership between the school board and police department aimed at increasing training for both police and school staff in the event of an active shooter on a school campus. The training event was held July 17, at McDonogh 35 High School and consisted of an educational video, an active shooter simulation training exercise, and Q&A for SWAT teams. Training attendees also heard from the OPSB and NOPD, where school security plans across the parish were discussed.

Dr. Henderson Lewis, Jr. (Superintendent of Orleans Parish Schools), Chief Shaun Ferguson (Superintendent of NOPD), John A. Brown, Sr. (OPSB President), Leslie Ellison,(OPSB Vice President), and Darlene Cusanza (Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans) were featured guest speakers during the session.

Check out coverage from the active-shooter training drill and press conference on WVUE-TV, WWL-TV or on WGNO-TV.

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