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Howell Police to Increase Presence at Local Schools Following CT Shooting

Security to be increased in the district

In the wake of last week's shooting in Newtown CT the Howell Police Department will be making their presence felt at all the schools in the district to ensure the safety of students. 

Chief Ronald Carter said while there have been no direct threats to the district, after talking to Superintendent Enid Golden, his department will be more present at the local schools. "Anything she or her staff feels that they need, all they need to do is ask," he said. "We'll make sure our kids are safe."

The department has school resource officers dispatched across the district but following cuts in recent years the number of those officers has decreased. "We have to see about getting more people assigned back to where we were but in the meantime we'll do what we can."

Golden said she was meeting with the district's principals this morning and that representatives were going to be attending the meeting as well. Carter said during the meeting and in the future they will be going over policies and procedures "to make sure everyone fully understands what they are." He added, "We're going to do everything we can."

Jean Graga December 17, 2012 at 06:14 PM
If it comes down to that, we should consider using National Guardsmen. It wouldn't be such an expense to the township.
Jim Lang December 17, 2012 at 07:33 PM
You get what you pay for. National Guardsmen are not trained to do police duties. Look what happened at Kent State on May 4, 1970.
Reverend Ira Jean Cobbs December 18, 2012 at 04:42 AM
Thanks in advance to all those vowing to protect our children while they are in our schools. Everyday my grands leave for school my prayers go with them. It is complicated enough just to be a developing adolescent or teen in our society, it need not be more complex with them having to "worry" whether or not they will be safe. Parents love your children. Pray for your children that our teachers will never HAVE TO guard them with their own lives.
GREG SALICCO December 19, 2012 at 06:41 PM
safety has to be #1. Many grants provide funding to state, local, or tribal governments working in partnership with public schools to improve school safety. Grantees are required to contribute a local match of 50 percent toward the total cost of the approved grant project. SOS grants help cover the cost of security measures such as the placement and use of metal detectors, locks, lighting, and other deterrent measures; security assessments; security training for students and personnel; and other measures to significantly increase school security. The saddest thing about these incidents is they're over so fast, a law enforcement response almost never accomplishes anything, If there's a shooting, an explosion, an illness, it can sometimes be limited to one room or one hallway. At Sandy Hook, students were killed in two classrooms.Sandy Hook Elementary School probably did everything right They had lockdown drills that trained everyone to stay low and quiet in the event of an emergency. A security system introduced this year required visitors to ring a bell, sign-in and perhaps produce a photo ID. After 9:30 a.m., the doors were locked. But the bottom line - this is everything you are doing and it has been proven it failed. We need to bring the police back to our schools its the only way to give our children a fighting chance, otherwise we already told a mass murder we are a no gun school zone so you have time before the police get here and the results are 26 dead in CT.

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