Strength in Unity: Enhancing School Safety Through Law Enforcement Collaboration

July 9, 2024
Sonia Gossai

 

In today’s episode of School Safety Today by Raptor Technologies, join host Dr. Amy Grosso as she sits down with Officer Meg Soultz, Co-Founder of Rescue in Color.  Together, they delve into the vital collaboration between law enforcement and school districts to enhance school safety.  Meg shares insights from her diverse career in public safety, emphasizing the importance of building relationships and addressing gaps in the system to ensure a safe educational environment. 

KEY POINTS: 

  • The unique role of school resource officers (SROs) in bridging the gap between law enforcement and education. 
  • The significance of having MOUs to allow for information sharing between schools and law enforcement to support students’ mental health and wellbeing. 
  • The initiative of Rescue in Color, a color-coded kit to help educators and staff respond effectively to bleeding control from traumatic injuries. 

Our guest, Meg Soultz, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this discussion. Meg began her career in public safety as an EMT while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at DePauw University, where she also distinguished herself as a collegiate athlete, recently inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame for her achievements in softball.  Meg furthered her education with a Master’s Degree in Biology from the IUPUI Purdue School of Science. Her professional journey includes work as a paramedic in diverse settings—rural, urban, and suburban—gathering 15 years of EMS experience at Putnam County Operation Life and Indianapolis EMS.  In addition to her fieldwork, Meg served as a full-time EMS Educator. Her dedication to public safety led her to become a tactical medic for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department’s SWAT Team and Bomb Squad. This role sparked her interest in law enforcement, culminating in her transition to a full-time position at the Carmel Police Department in Carmel, IN.  At Carmel PD, Meg earned a spot on the SWAT team, specializing in less lethal gas munitions and serving as a sergeant in the Carmel Police School Resource Unit. Additionally, she co-founded Rescue in Color, an innovative initiative focused on bleeding control. 

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