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|Subject: School safety: simple, good idea||Date: 2/7/2013 3:10 AM|
|Author: PeterRabit||Number: 1858315 of 1998327|
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Stunned by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut, police and school officials in one Colorado county felt they had to do something to reassure students.
Their solution: Have police officers on patrol do their arrest reports and other paperwork in school parking lots, rather than simply pulling off the road or returning to the police station.
It's had an immediate calming impact at a time when the nation is embroiled in the emotional debate over gun control and gun violence.
"The kids get to see us in a new light. We're not showing up after something bad has happened," said Sgt. Chris O'Neal of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department south of Denver.
"Instead of sitting underneath a bridge somewhere and doing a report or out in a field, just go to the school parking lot, do your information, it's downloaded immediately, and all is well," Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver said.
It's mostly psychological but every bit of protection helps. And there is no additional cost to taxpayers.
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