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Law Enforcement, Schools to Meet About Security

Tragedy in Connecticut prompts additional precautionary patrols near schools.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, and the Leesburg, Purcellville and Middleburg police departments have scheduled a meeting next week to review school security plans with Loudoun’s borders, prompted by this past week’s tragedy in Newtown, CT, according to an LCSO press release.

“As you know, we currently have school resource officers assigned to all County middle and high schools and have an impressive safety record and a great working relationship with school officials,” Sheriff Mike Chapman said in the release. “We also have DARE officers present at many elementary schools. We want to ensure that together we continue to do everything possible to ensure your child's safety, and the safety of the entire school staff. Please keep the victims of the senseless Connecticut tragedy in your thoughts and prayers.”

As a previously noted by Superintendent Edgar Hatrick, LCSO deputies plan conduct additional precautionary patrols in the area of schools. Law enforcement personnel also remind all residents to report any suspicious persons, vehicles or activity immediately.

Jack December 16, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I appreciate the efforts of Loudoun County's safety professionals to address this issue. When all is said and done, I hope that the responsibility of ramping up our precautionary measures is not shifted on to teachers and school administrators. Those awesome and already overworked professionals already have their hands full with current responsibilities. If we really think it is important to protect all of our schools from tragedies like Newtown, we need to spend the money necessary to hire actual law enforcement professionals to be at the schools at ALL times. Otherwise we are not really addressing the problem; rather, we just want to offer the APPEARANCE of addressing the problem.
Jac Costello December 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
With as much as we spend on schools in this county we can surely come up with enough to keep resource officers at the elementry school level. The young children are probaly the most vulnerable and need to have every precaution taken for their safety. Hire retired officers that would only have to work the school calender .They could be payed less than a full time officer and they would have to worry about shift work or being a year round employee. The presents of that car out front of the school has to be some sort of a deterrent . It is the times we live in.
Zubaria Zafar December 17, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Please have all the school install the scanner so no one can go inside without that. Just like airports. Pleaseeee
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