Sheriff's Office Creating "Ready Response" Teams For Incidents At Schools

Sheriff's Office Creating "Ready Response" Teams For Incidents At Schools

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is creating two special teams to respond to critical incidents at schools.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - The Shelby County Sheriff's Office is creating two special teams to respond to critical incidents at schools.

They will be known as “ready response" teams and will go to elementary and middle schools. They will also go to high schools where school resource officers are not permanently assigned.

The task force was created within the last week. The hope is it will help prevent incidents at schools like the one that happened Thursday.

Pamela Jarrett decided not to send her 6-year-old grandson to Westside Elementary Friday.

She is upset about Thursday's scare when a five-year-old brought a loaded gun to school.

It accidentally discharged in his backpack in the school cafeteria.

“I don't feel like the school handled the incident. I was on the phone calling and calling and they wouldn’t tell us what was going on,” Jarrett said.

District leaders spent much of Friday fighting back against the criticism.

In the meantime, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office spent the week developing a new security plan.

Right now officers are not permanently assigned to elementary, middle, and some high schools.

That’s about to change.

Ready response officers will start making the rounds going from school to school during the day, after school, and sometimes at night.

Officials hope it will send a message that will deter crime and show parents and faculty that the district is concerned about their safety.

Jarrett likes the idea of special teams roaming from school to school. She plans to send her grandson back to class on Monday.

Because of the number of schools in the district, the sheriffs office hopes to expand the number of special teams from two to four.

No word on exactly when that might happen.
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