DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Steve Parrish, Dothan’s former police chief, is back in business but taking on a new role as Dothan City Schools’ new safety officer.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to continue to serve our public our citizens and our public schools to try to make them a little safer,” Parrish said.
Parrish has been on the job for a week now but his first week has been a busy one, to say the least. He’s been in and out of schools visiting with principals and addressing security measures.
Parrish says the security measures within the school system are great as they were once in the hands of Darius McKay and Scott Faulk.
However, he plans to still use his law enforcement resources to ensure safety for students who are the most important resource.
“By the next school year, we’ll be involving the emergency services in our area and some actual exercises that will help train our school employees and our kids to some degree on what to do in an event of an emergency,” Parrish said.
Parrish believes one aspect that helped him land in this role was his time as police chief when he developed school safety procedures before the Parkland school shooting.
“Having knowledge of developing that program abstract, the program narrative getting the funding through the city commission and the city school board to make that a reality I think that gives me a leg up in helping to better understand the dynamics of where we wanna take the school system,” Parrish said.
Parrish says he still has a few more schools to get to but everybody is doing a great job at making him feel welcome.
He says he is 110% committed to going the extra mile and making sure students are safe.