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School Security: LAPD ramps up patrols at LA elementary and middle schools

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Students and police watch teachers, parents and students chanting slogans on a picket line outside Crenshaw High School to protest teacher layoffs planned by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in Los Angeles on May 15, 2009. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

As parents dropped their kids off at school today, one thought ran through nearly everyone's mind: Will my child be safe?

The Los Angeles Unified School district is the second largest district in the nation, so keeping all of its campuses secure is no easy feat, especially in the midst of budget cuts. 

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck is expected to announce a plan later this afternoon to step up patrols at elementary and middle schools. At a graduation ceremony of the police department's cadet program yesterday, Beck said he wants LAPD officers to visit elementary and middle schools at least once a day. 

Producer Mary Plummer has been talking with parents at McKinley Elementary School in Pasadena about their feelings as they dropped off their kids this morning. Plus, Jill Barnes, coordinator for the Office of Emergency Services for the L.A. Unified, joins the show to talk about the security protocols currently in place at LAUSD schools.

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