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Police to Patrol Schools in New Year

12/22/2012 10:09AM ● By Anonymous

In the days following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, school security is at top priority in the borough. Detective John Gibbons addressed parent concerns at the Dec. 20 borough council meeting. 

The immediate safety plan is for police begin performing safety checks at all district schools. Officers will visit all district schools at random times, both to increase safety and ensure students and educators feel secure in the schools.

Parents expressed concerns that seeing police in the schools may be more alarming than reassuring. "My little ones might be nervous if they see police in the schools," one Maltibie resident noted.*

According to an eBlast from Marie Cirasella, Ed.D., the spot checks will begin Jan. 2, 2013. "Officers will meet with building administrators upon arrival before moving throughout the school building. Please be assured officers will not interact with students, nor interrupt the instructional day.

"Depending upon your child’s developmental stage, you may elect to discuss these prospective security visits over the winter break," the superintendent of schools added. "Doing so may help children prepare in the event they observe MPPD officers walking the building with the principal in days to come."

Dr. Cirasella concluded, "It is our expectation that information gleaned from this collaborative safety measure will help support and guide district security efforts, and we remain grateful for the input of the MPPD in this regard."

Additionally, Det. Gibbons noted the schools and the police departments are considering the possibility of a School Resource Officer, something that was discussed post-Columbine but never implemented.

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*It is the editorial policy of the Midland Park Press to not name people with out their expressed consent. While speaking at public meetings is public information, we feel our town is small and the internet is forever.

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