CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - Unlike crime in the city of Savannah, issues with the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System have dropped at least 50 percent in the last couple of years.
The school board received an update from the campus police chief on Wednesday. It's been a year since Chief Terry Enoch took office and since then, he's implemented a lot of new initiatives.
The chief said they've increased their training with school administrators and staff. Focusing on how to respond in different type of scenarios like an active shooter.
They are also being more proactive. Conducting parking lot searches at schools, looking for guns and drugs. Campus police is also creating a school safety 24-hour hotline where students can call in and report any issues.
Chief Enoch says he believes in Murphy's Law – "if it can, it will happen" - and says his goal is to make sure they are more than ready and prepared to tackle any situation.
"Every day, a new situation presents itself, that presents a challenge and so we have some best practices we are using. What we call 21st century strategies, we are taking those best practices and they are working. Again every day is a new challenge," said Chief Enoch.
The school board was very pleased in the progress the chief has made in his first year here. The board has requested to see what it would take to have an armed SRO officer placed at every school full-time.