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Los Angeles students go back to public schools with extra police patrols

LAUS Police Car at Mark Twain Middle School

Brian Watt

LAUSD police car at Mark Twain Middle School on Monday, the first day of a policy to have a police officer visit every school in the district at least once a day.

L.A. Unified students head back to school 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. Now, 600 public elementary and middle schools in Los Angeles will see an officer stop by every day.

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.

Private schools can also requests patrol drop-ins.

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