Gwinnett County Police Increase Presence at Local Schools

In light of the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., the department is ramping up a presence at schools as a precaution against any type of "copy cat" incident.

In light of the horrific mass shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut, the Gwinnett County Police Department will be conducting increased police patrols in and around the schools within Gwinnett County, according to Public Information Officer Cpl. Edwin Ritter.

"These increased patrols will be a joint effort with the Gwinnett County School Police and Uniformed Officers with the Gwinnett County Police Department," he said Friday in a press release. "Officers will be assigned to every school within Gwinnett County Police Jurisdiction and these patrols will last for the next several days."

The Gwinnett County Police Department takes the safety and welfare of all of the citizens within Gwinnett County seriously. The Department is conducting this proactive measure to help prevent any type of “Copy Cat” or similar incident from occurring within Gwinnett County.

David Binder December 14, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Well these days police presence is always a good idea in our schools. It's a shame. BUT this was an isolated incudent of a mentally unstable man. I think increased officers in the school may tend to upset ot scare the students.
Tammy Osier December 15, 2012 at 02:53 AM
David, this is the only time I have ever diagreed with you. Police presence makes children and staff feel safe. Most school have a very strict policy for signing in, outside doors are locked etc... However, it would probably be easy in some for someone to bypass the office and enter the building unawares. I have always been instructed that if I see anyone without a tag, to ask them if I can help and direct them to the office. For added measure, I walk them there. Even if we had security officers present somewhere in the lobby outside the office and to walk around the building periodically, it would decrease the chances incredibly. Most schools I've worked in, the kids love our officers. It also helps for kids to see Officers of the law as the good guys and know that their job is to protect and help.
Tammy Osier December 15, 2012 at 02:56 AM
In fact, I wrote my first story for the Patch about our local Resource Officers and their duties. They do way more than just look for bad guys. http://dacula.patch.com/blog_posts/local-police-resource-officers-provide-much-needed-help-for-parents
thcooper69 December 15, 2012 at 01:01 PM
im all for higher taxes for 3 cops at every school ,one to walk tha halls and one to moniter cameras watchin tha kids and finatical parents who are always making demands and goin detriot pawn all ova tha faculity
Tammy Osier December 15, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Coop, you don't even need high taxes. You need a consistent person to check the comings and goings in and out of the school. Most schools are close knit and know when a stranger is present. 9 out of 10 times it may just be a parent that forgot to sign in through the office, but there's always that one time and that's the time that I'm willing to anger a few people over being cautious. Security officers from an agency wouldn't cost that much to maintain and PTA and other sources could pay for it. It's a real shame that we even have to think in this vein, but this is the day we live in.
Vinnie December 15, 2012 at 07:08 PM
In NYC they have a uniformed police officer at every school...
Jim S December 15, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Each school in our country needs metal detectors at the door, and armed monitors watching the screens. This is NOT an isolated case.....just count the number of school shootings since Columbine!
Tammy Osier December 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM
We get used to the door that goes off when you leave WalMart, so why not? I worked in the Alternative school, and a survey of kids showed that it made them feel safer having them at the door. Think about it. Even if you're there for having gotten into a small amount of trouble, someone else may be there who has some real issues. It's got make you're day go smoother knowing that that person wasn't able to bring a weapon to school to hurt you or someone else. Also, I realize this is a hot button with many, but school uniforms were a safety factor. Our kids wore white shirt, khaki pants, black shoes. If another teenager was on campus, we would immediately know that they were not one of our kids. When time is an issue is tragic situations, uniforms made it a timely decision if it ever had to be made. I seriously, felt safe there.
Jim S December 16, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Actually, uniforms make sense for a number of reasons; they take the guesswork out of what to wear, they take away the pressure to wearing the newest, most expensive styles and, as you said, they make outsiders stand out. Some may consider uniforms as an elitist thing, or associated with Catholic schools, but they really do make sense.
U B ILL'N December 19, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Ok BIg Brother! This is random act of violence. You can't disect every aspect of it what caused it. Its terrible and its a tragedy and its not fair but be careful what you ask for.


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