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In front is Rep. Matthew Petterson (D). From left in back are Chief Deputy Hart Daley, Rep. Sheryl Briggs (D) and Sheriff Wayne J. Gallant.
AUGUSTA -- Sheriff Wayne J. Gallant and Chief Deputy Hart L. Daley of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office and Representative Sheryl Briggs (District 93) attended a legislative forum on Feb. 21 at the Senator Inn in Augusta.
The topic of the conference was to discuss “Active Shooter Response Procedures and Training” that are currently in place and implemented by the 16 Sheriff’s Offices in the State of Maine. The meeting was orchestrated to take a proactive approach to school violence protective measures in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting tragedy that occurred in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012.
Present for the forum were various elected sheriff’s, chief deputies, school superintendents, including RSU 10 Superintendent Thomas Ward and SAD 44 Superintendent and President Elect of the Maine Superintendent’s Association, David Murphy and legislators throughout the state.
Guest speakers at the conference were Sheriff Glenn Ross, Penobscot County; Sheriff Kevin Joyce, Cumberland County; and Superintendent David Murphy. This multi-disciplinary collaborative effort reflects a clear commitment by the individuals in attendance to provide the safest schools possible for our children.
After the conference, Sheriff Gallant and Chief Deputy Daley were invited to the House of Representatives and privileged to be introduced in the “People’s House” as guests of Rep. Briggs prior to the finalization of the state budget. The legislative process was interesting as well as informative and was a very memorable experience.
Additionally, Rep. Briggs proposed a bill at the request of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office directed at “School Structural Integrity (SSI). One of the missing elements in our school emergency management plans is the school and/or buildings structural integrity.
The bill addresses a state wide resolution on school structural integrity recommending that all schools in Maine works towards the implementation of better ground level security measures for entryway doors, walls and windows.