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School security increased in Caroline in wake of tragedy
From Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa:
Caroline County, Virginia – In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) has devoted extra security to all public and private schools within the County.
The CCSO wants the public to know that this extra police presence is a proactive measure only, meant to reassure children, educators, and parents of their immediate safety.
“The Sheriff’s Office has been in communications with the school system since Friday. We want to reduce the fears and anxiety that many teachers, parents, and students may be feeling as they return to school” commented Sheriff Lippa. “There will be a visible police presence every day, and at every school, until students break for the holidays.”
Sheriff’s Office command staff and school officials met on Sunday afternoon to discuss security details. CCSO staff were quick to point out that the agencies deputies and the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) routinely conduct active shooter training at local schools
and that extensive protocols are in place and routinely analyzed and updated.
Late Sunday evening many CCSO deputies were notified of a mandatory overtime status that is necessary in order to increase school security without jeopardizing public safety in other areas.
The CCSO will use monies originally budgeted for other projects in order to fund the overtime.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families whose lives have been devastated by the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy. No service strikes at the core of law enforcement more so than that of protecting our children. This Office is prepared to utilize whatever resources are necessary to reassure our children, and those entrusted with their care, of their immediate safety.”
The Sheriff’s Office is reminding the public to immediately report anything that seems out of the ordinary. Individuals that carry out this type of crime often reveal their intentions to family or friends weeks or even months prior to taking any action.
If you know of someone who has made threatening comments, even if it seems to have been in a joking manner, please report the individual immediately to school or law enforcement officials.