CHALMETTE, La. -- St. Bernard Parish has announced increased security measures in parish schools, including drug dogs and a full-time officer in Chalmette High School on a permanent basis.
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office and school system made the announcement Wednesday about the joint initiative.
“I think we have the making of a new and exciting service to our residents and children in the parish with this new school security plan,” said Sheriff James Pohlmann.
The security measures build upon the system already in place, Pohlmann said. The school has used resource officers in the past, and the drug dogs will make their return for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.
The parish will also "step up" checks to ensure that all students attending the school are St. Bernard residents.
Maj. Darlene Poche, who has served as commander of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office Juvenile Division, will act as a liaison between the sheriff's office and the school district.
“Our public schools are safe places for children and have always been that way,” said Pohlmann. “We are fortunate that weapons have never made their way into our schools, and it is our joint responsibility and strong determination to keep it that way.”
Last month, the sheriff's office investigated a fight at Chalmette High School among students. No one was injured or arrested.