School Boards and Police Services to Sign Updated Protocol

School Boards and Police Services to Sign Updated Protocol
Posted on 11/28/2016
On Tuesday, November 29, representatives of local school boards and police services will gather to sign an updated Police/School Board Protocol. The protocol is the result of an ongoing partnership between the four school boards and six police services that serve Simcoe County and area. It is focused on keeping our schools and communities safe, ensuring that all schools and the police services supporting them are prepared to respond effectively, efficiently and in a coordinated manner in emergency situations.

What: Signing of renewed Police/School Board Protocol

When: Tuesday, November 29, 10 a.m.

Where: Simcoe County District School Board, Education Centre, 1170 Hwy 26, Midhurst

Kathryn Wallace, Director of Education, Simcoe County District School Board
Brian Beal, Director of Education, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board
André Blais, Directeur de l’éducation, Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud
Serge Gauthier, Health and Safety and Facilities Operations Supervisor, Conseil scholaire Viamond (attending on behalf of the Director)
Bruce Carlson, Deputy Chief of Police, Barrie Police Services (attending on behalf of the Chief)
Major Darren Lemire, Commanding Officer, Military Police Unit, CFB Borden 
Mike Osborne, Chief, Midland Police Service
Dwight Peer, Superintendent, Ontario Provincial Police, Central Region (attending on behalf of the Chief)
John Domm, Chief, Rama Police Service
Rick Beazley, Chief, South Simcoe Police Service


- Original Police/School Board Protocol was signed in 2001

- Developed to ensure that school boards and local police services satisfied requirements of the Safe Schools Act and Education Act

- The Simcoe County protocol became the template for all other Ontario school boards

- Minor revisions and updates have been done since 2001

- Significant changes to the renewed protocol include:
       -  Guidelines for bomb threat and explosive incident protocols

       -  Specific requirements for training new and returning staff, students and school visitors