Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland. Our country is no stranger to school shootings. So, as students get ready to head back to school, the question looming over the heads of parents, students and teachers alike is: Is it safe? The Coral Gables Police Department is ready to respond, in 45 seconds to be exact. The CGPD has always trained for an active shooter scenario, says spokesperson Officer Kelly Denham, but has increased its regimen since Parkland.
Police Chief Ed Hudak eased concerns at a Town Hall meeting earlier this summer, saying there would be an officer stationed at every school within city limits starting this school year. Hudak recognized that, though the department does not deal with the same frequency of crime as in other municipalities, it has the same responsibilities. “I’m very confident in the training that we’ve done,” he said.