Rockwood School District administrators put a premium on enhancing student safety and security by collaborating with members of the law enforcement community.
As a result, administrators invited members of the St. Louis County Police Tactical Operations Unit to conduct training inside a Rockwood school over winter break.
Marquette Principal Dr. Steve Hankins granted access to his facility, so don't be alarmed if you see several police cars in the parking lot on Friday, Dec. 27. Classes will not be in session at Marquette and other Rockwood schools that day.
"We value our relationship with law enforcement," said Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles. "We believe any interaction we have with police can only serve to benefit our students and improve safety and security inside our schools."
St. Louis County Police Tactical Unit Sgt. Shawn McGuire said, "We look for opportunities to train in different buildings to make the experience even more realistic for our officers. Training in a high school is a great opportunity for our tactical team members to learn about the building. We appreciate the great relationship we have with Rockwood School District and thank administrators for this training opportunity."