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Kids returning from winter break will see added police patrols

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A student walks past a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) school bus in Los Angeles, California on February 13, 2009.

LA Unified students head back to school on Monday morning and district officials want parents to know they should expect to see a lot more police on school campuses. 

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said the increased police presence should help set parents at ease after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Among the dead were 20 children and six adults. The gunman also died in the attack.

Even before the shooting, 200 school police officers were already stationed throughout the district, including one at every high school.

To boost patrols, Deasy is drawing from LAPD, the sheriff’s department, and at least a dozen other law enforcement agencies in the county. Officials said the increased presence is not a response to any threats, rather to help reassure parents, educators and children.

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