A big step forward in violence prevention was taken today (October 23).
Strathcona County, Fort Saskatchewan, Lamont County and Vegreville have all teamed up with school divisions and local enforcement to protect youth.
Delegates from mayors, to RCMP and superintendents gathered to sign the Elk Island Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) protocol to help keep communities safe.
"To have this many partners coming together shows that this region is really serious about preventing risks," said Fort Saskatchewan's mayor Gale Katchur.
Katchur added most schools have added School Resource Officers (SRO) for students who may be experiencing bullying, or any potential risk, who will try to resolve the problem.
The VTRA program focuses on situational reactiveness and proactive measures that can be taken to help prevent violent actions.
"It shows real leadership that people over there behind this program are getting ahead of the game in terms of violence in schools and they've done a lot of work to pull this together," said Strathcona County mayor Rod Frank.
The full protocol can be found here.