This past week, law enforcement and education officials from Sioux County met at the Sioux Center Public Library to discuss issues of safety confronting our schools.
Sioux County Chief Deputy Nate Huizenga says nearly 30 people attended the meeting, which was facilitated by Sioux County Sheriff Dan Altena. He tells us why the meeting was held.
The attendees consisted of area College Administrators, College Campus Life and Security personnel, High School and Elementary School Administrators, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Resource Officer and sheriff’s administrative deputies, Sioux County Emergency Management, Iowa State Patrol office s and the Iowa State Patrol Safety Education Officer, Police Chiefs from Hawarden, Orange City, Rock Valley, Sioux Center, and the Sioux County Attorney.
Sheriff Altena says he felt it was necessary to meet and discuss planning, prevention and response to these issues. He says that some very positive things came from this initial meeting. The sheriff says QUOTE, “We all believe it will help make our schools safer.”
Huizenga says they plan to continue to meet, twice a year, once in March and once in August to discuss school safety and ideas that they could put into practice.