SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane Public Schools and the City of Spokane and its Police Department issued a joint statement Friday to convey their sympathies regarding the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., and to highlight our ongoing collaboration and commitment to student and school safety in our own community.

“Our relationship with the police department is invaluable,” says Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger. 

“We rely on them for training, for consultation and for response to emergencies.  It is notable that the first people I heard from today were the chief's office and the mayor's office.  With their support we will continue to look at ways we can improve the safety and security of our students and staff,” Redinger added.

“I know I speak for our entire community when I say that we are heartbroken over the tragic events that occurred in Connecticut this morning,” said Spokane Mayor David Condon.  “The City of Spokane and Spokane Public Schools work closely together in many ways to help ensure that our kids are safe at school and within our community.  And, we will continue to seek ways to improve their safety.”

“The Spokane Police Department works very closely with Spokane Public Schools to be able to respond to emergencies,” said Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub. 

“Every SPD officer is trained to respond to active shooter situations.  We have trained in our local schools, developed joint plans, and have detailed layouts of every school within in the City to speed our response.   Protecting our students and our schools is very important to us, and we have increased our police coverage at our schools today in light of the day’s events.”