Chula Vista Police, Sweetwater Schools personnel hold safety training

Chula Vista Police train with school security
Posted at 1:43 PM, Feb 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-15 20:17:32-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - Chula Vista Police and Sweetwater Union High School District security personnel trained Thursday to protect South Bay schools.

The 6th annual Security Work Group Training, held on L St. in Chula Vista, was held to share security measures.

The event was pre-planned and not related to the Parkland school shooting in Florida Wednesday, officials said.

Chula Vista Police say they work with school resource officers to monitor situation both on and off campus. 

"They're handling kids that bring knives, drugs, maybe have made threats," said captain Vern Sallee. "I've gotten calls at midnight on a Saturday night that somebody posted something on social media. We would rather chance down false leads all day long than have to follow up on a real lead after a tragedy."

The Sweetwater district says they have one of most comprehensive training sessions in the county. Their schools are required to do two emergency lock down drills each year.