Security Chief: Schools here safe

Staff Writer

With the height of security raised at schools across the nation, one local official said Grenada’s first priority is the assurance students are safe.
Grenada School District’s Security Director Benji Britt was recently the guest speaker at the Grenada Rotary Club and briefed the civic club on the district’s plan during times of crisis.
After the deadly shooting at South Florida high school on Valentine’s Day, schools across the state have dealt with copy-cat attention-seekers that have fanned the flames of public concern.
“The school is a service industry, and our number one thing is to keep them all safe,” Britt said. “We try to get ahead of the problem before a call is made.”
The Grenada School District established its own police department in 2014 in order to provide more effective and efficient security for students. Britt was named its initial director.
Britt said the campus police department’s jurisdiction is limited to each campus plus 500 feet, with any situation outside of that perimeter answered by the appropriate agency. He said the department works closely with the Grenada Police Department and the Grenada County Sheriff’s Department.
“Grenada School District has always taken a very proactive stance to address needs of our students, teachers and administrators,” Britt said.

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