Stamford officials hold school safety and active shooter awareness forums

The Stamford Police Department held several school safety briefings on Wednesday.

The focus of the sessions is on how to reduce the risk of school violence, including active shooter situations.

School staff, school board members and Mayor Caroline Simmons participated in the forums.

Stamford Police Sgt. Brendan Phillips says it’s important to notice the warning signs.

“Usually there’s an escalation in behavior. It starts with a few small things, unspoken grievances where the {students} may not feel like they’re being heard,” says Phillips. “If they’re having a bad day and they express it, and we don’t give them the help they need, that kind of manifests. So it’s really important to catch them early and give the students the help they need.”

Phillips says the department has been training for active school shooter situations for more than a decade.

“We’re pushing all of our tactics and training, from specialist units all the way up to our patrol division, to the men and women on the street who are the first to respond,” Phillips said.

Phillips points out that it takes a whole community to prevent tragedy.

“It’s something to discuss,” Phillips says. “The only way to prevent it is through discussion and awareness.”

An additional Stamford Parent Forum will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Click here to join.

Harry L. Blanchard