In light of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck is making security at LAUSD schools his top priority. Beck, while addressing the media on Sunday after an LAPD cadet graduation at USC’s Galen Center, announced an initiative that see10,000 LA police officers visit every kindergarten, elementary and middle school in the LAUSD at least once a day.
The concept is to make students and parents alike feel safe at their schools and also for officers, school administrators, and parents to develop strong relationships. The plan would be set in place by the end of winter break – coordination and training for the LAPD will take place over the next 22 days in order to be ready by January 7th. Chief Beck also stated that private schools would be extended this service if they so desire.
What do you think of this added security at elementary and middle schools? Will these changes make a difference?
Rina Palta, KPCC reporter
Dr. John Deasy, Superintendent of LAUSD