Davis schools benefit from security initiative
DAVIS, Okla. (KTEN) — State law enforcement agencies are helping schools across the State of Oklahoma ramp up security, and Davis Public Schools is among the districts getting a boost.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed an executive order creating the Secure Oklahoma Schools initiative in June 2022. As a result, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have been assigned to assist with security measures at Davis Public Schools, including being on campus for at least an hour every week.
"We had some OHP troopers in at the beginning of the school year doing in-service on run, hide, and fight training," said DPS Superintendent Mark Moring. "On top of that, our schools are going through a safety and security audit in October. The Highway Patrol will give opinions on what we can do to improve our security."
Last December, Davis police Officer Nicole Shultz was named the district's school resource officer.
Because of the SOS initiative, Shultz will be working with OHP troopers when they visit the district on a weekly basis.
"It's a little bit of everything," Shultz said. "Sometimes kids just need to vent. Kids need to talk, but overall, kids need to feel safe. I think Trooper Martinez and I partnering and knowing each other already is going to be something that's great for the district."
Shultz adds that she believes one of the most important aspects of the increased security measure is helping improve law enforcement's relationship with young kids.