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Richland Police Discuss the Importance of Lockdowns to Enhance School Safety

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RICHLAND, WA- On Friday December 11, Richland High School had two lockdowns.  Both were not critical but still left parents with concern. We talked with Richland Police on Monday to follow up on the lockdown procedure and why they're important to the safety of the school. 

Captain Mike Cobb told us the school thoroughly assess the situation before declaring a lockdown and even after, there are different levels of lockdowns. He says most of the time when parents and family members hear that their child is in a lockdown they immediately assume it is a critical level. A lot of times a lockdown can happen but the students stay in their classrooms and the teachers continue teaching. Sometimes a lockdown will simply call for the hallways to be cleared for medics to more easily navigate to a student in need of attention. 

Captain Cobb told us, " it's not just an automatic response, they do an exceptional job at giving it a well thought out and reasoned approach on whether they're going on lockdown or evacuate or do something else that changes student behavior". When the school gets word or any type of threat Captain Cobb says they take it very seriously, "Any type of a threat, whether it's on social media or written copy or verbal statement by someone, is treated as a legitimate threat until we can make sure everyone is going to be safe as we change the landscape we need to adapt to different levels of threat that are present". 

The Richland Police Department praises the open communication between them and the school district and says that alone helps enhance the safety of the schools.