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Annual school safety conference kicks off in Valdosta

Jim Butterworth Jim Butterworth
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Law enforcement officers, emergency planners, and school officials from across the state were in Valdosta Tuesday to discuss school safety.

It was the first day of the three day conference. The conference was being held in Valdosta for the first time since it began in 2009. We kind of wanted to make sure we covered all corners of the state," emphasized Jim Butterworth, Executive Director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security.

Each of the first five years, the conference was held in middle Georgia. 

The conference was scheduled to include discussions about everything from how to prepare for severe weather to how to handle an active shooter situation.

"We work with those partners to make sure that the network is solid, that the training we are providing is continually being renewed and it's tip of the spear and ready to go into the school system on the first day of school," Butterworth said.

As of Tuesday, the Florida State University Police Chief was scheduled to speak about the active shooter situation at the university in 2014.

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