Kalihi police train for school emergencies

Eleanor Cordero
Eleanor Cordero
Maj. Kurt Kendro
Maj. Kurt Kendro

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - Kalihi police swarmed Farrington High School Tuesday, not in response to an emergency, but to prepare for one.

What if there was a campus shooting, or another crisis, at a Hawaii school?

"I'm not like really worried about that 'cause I don't think it's going to happen," Eleanor Cordero, Farrington High senior, said.

But after violent incidents on mainland campuses, Honolulu police say they're preparing for the worst-case scenario.

"I think it's very important that we're proactive in our efforts," Maj. Kurt Kendro, Honolulu Police Department, said. "We have plans in place to respond to all kinds of different emergencies that occur at schools."

On this day, officers from the Kalihi district move through the buildings at Farrington High, one of the largest high schools in the state, as part of their training.

"Getting a layout of the grounds, the school grounds, so in the case of an emergency, they can respond appropriately and quickly and effectively," Kendro said.

Farrington is buzzing with activity during this summer break. Construction crews work on projects, while police lay the foundation for a safer school.

"Much better for us to do it during the summer months because there are no students there," Kendro said. "We don't want to cause alarm."

Eleanor Cordero and her friends say they're happy to see it.

"At least they'll know what to do when something comes up and everything," she said. "So like as long as I know we're safe."