New DPS chief says state plans to head off mass shootings
Posted September 18, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — A week into his new job heading up the state's Department of Public Safety, Frank Perry is already confronting the potential of a mass shooting similar to one that left 13 people dead in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
"The most difficult cases for law enforcement to address are probably active-shooter cases," said Perry, a former FBI agent.
He said he has brought and will continue to bring law enforcement agencies together to brainstorm ways to prevent such tragedies.
"We can't police every person and capture every package and prevent every weapon from being brought into a place, but certainly we can be better at it," he said.
One of the most important parts of preventing violence is agencies sharing information about individuals who may pose threats, he said.
Perry pointed to the state's Center for Safer Schools, which is training school staff members how to spot red flags, as an example of a violence prevention program that's working.
"(We're) looking for small behaviors on campus or within the classroom that might lead to a problem," he said. "(We want) to try to prevent and intervene before there is a need for crisis response."