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The Pawnee County Sheriff's Department and USD 495 and 496 Administrators met on Tuesday and discussed school safety. The meeting was facilitated by School Safety Specialist John Calvert of the Kansas Department of Education's Safe and Secure Unit. Discussions focused on procedures for school lock downs, communications between schools and law enforcement, and resources for schools and law enforcement. Pawnee County Sheriff Scott King reported "We are happy to help the School District in anyway that we can. The school districts in our county have been very open and helpful with new ideas making processes safer for our children and teachers." Officer John Calvert also discussed the importance of school/law enforcement relations in today's world. The Choose Peace presentation focused on how to deal with small red flag issues before a problem rises to a crisis situation. The program equips teachers, administrators, and law enforcement with knowledge and training in dealing with threats of school violence, acts of bullying, and suspicious activity. With recent violence in other parts of the country, plans for a safe school are essential. Pawnee County Attorney shared "I appreciate the ongoing efforts of the Fort Larned and Pawnee Heights School Districts in working with law enforcement agencies to develop strategic plans to keep our youth safe."