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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.

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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