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LAPD to Deploy Officers to K-8 Schools

December 17, 2012  | 

Los Angeles Police Department headquarters in downtown. Photo: Paul Clinton
Los Angeles Police Department headquarters in downtown. Photo: Paul Clinton

In the wake of the Connecticut school massacre, the Los Angeles Police Department plans to have officers visit every public elementary and middle school in the city on a daily basis beginning in January.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also announced Monday that the city's gun buyback day would be moved to Dec. 26 to give Angelenos "concrete action" after Friday's Sandy Hook shooting.

Both Chief Charlie Beck and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced they will increase daily patrols at area schools. Beck said police would make daily visits to LAUSD's elementary and middle schools, and would extend the offer to charter and private schools as well.

Read the full Los Angeles Times story.

Comments (8)

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Scott @ 12/18/2012 5:41 PM

I think that is not a bad idea at all. With all off the financial problems Police departments face as well as schools, having officers stop in for a periodic visit is better than nothing at all.

Richard @ 12/18/2012 5:53 PM

Might have almost hit on something. Instead of "once" per day why not encourage Officers to take lunch at different schools and offer them a healthier low cost meal from the cafeteria? That and encourage drive bys and drop ins by Officers so no one knows when and where they will be before hand?? Isn't an end all solution but better than the current situation and better than visiting once and not coming back that day.

Tschako @ 12/18/2012 6:14 PM

It's window dressing and politics, as usual in the wake of tragedy.
Cumulatively, a huge loss of patrol hours when everything is getting cut back, and unlikely to be more than a minor deterrant of copycats during the next month.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/18/2012 9:49 PM

Great idea.

Pete Malloy @ 12/18/2012 10:01 PM

Its a knee jerk reaction. Makes the media zombies feel good about themselves. 1st of all, L.A. has a 3 or 4 hundred man School Police force. 2nd, if this is a good plan (that nobody happen to think of before Dec 14th) then it should be done everyday forever, not just for the next 6 months until the story dies down. Which is exactly what will happen. . . Watch.

Don Ret @ 12/19/2012 6:56 AM

Pete- You nailed it !!

Mike Vaccaro @ 12/20/2012 11:50 AM

In my mind there are alot of retired Cops that could be put into the schools for a nominal fee. Most recently retired should have Active shooter training. Seems like a good fit, if the school board and teachers will loosen up the purse strings.

Sgt. Ivan @ 12/21/2012 9:08 AM

Whoa! As usual, Police Executives(?) being reactive as usual. Now that the horses have been stolen, let's go lock lock the barn doors!

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