St. Paul Police Union 'Insulted' by Cost of Active Shooter Training

Updated: 01/21/2014 7:26 AM
Created: 01/20/2014 9:48 PM
By: Jay Kolls

The head of the St. Paul Police Federation is not happy with the St. Paul School District over money charged to train for school shooting scenarios.

St. Paul Police Federation President Dave Titus tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS, "The school district wanted to charge us $300 to train at Humboldt High for a possible school shooting situation and I find that insulting to police officers."

Titus says police decided to train at Sibley High School in Mendota Heights because there was no charge and "the district there welcomed us."

Titus says the money is not at the core of the union's disappointment.

"We are part of the community and we want to train in the schools where we have officers every day," he said.

He says the training is "critical because we are teaching officers how to handle an active shooter until back-up arrives... we cannot figure out why St. Paul Schools would not cooperate with police 100 percent when we are training our officers to protect their teachers and their students."

The St. Paul School District did not have anyone available to give an interview but issued a statement that says, in part, "The police department would have had to request a permit and agree to pay the cost to staff the building with one custodian."

The district says this is a policy that must be followed when schools are closed and have to be opened by a custodian. A District spokesperson says it is part of the contract between the District and custodians.

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