PURCHASE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – One week after announcing his “Safer Communities” initiative, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino held the first school safety symposium aimed at bringing school officials and law enforcement together.
Astorino said the aim is to create stronger bonds between the two sides since they would need to work together in the event of an active shooter situation at a school. But much of the focus was also on balancing efforts in mental health care with school violence prevention efforts.
Former NYPD Commissioner William Bratton was tapped by Astorino to speak at the School Safety Symposium at SUNY Purchase. Bratton said law enforcement is on an accelerated learning curve following the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that left 26 students and educators dead.
“The idea of a collaboration between all agencies – police, mental health, school officials – so that one can advise the other,” Bratton told WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane.