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County Police Patrolling Schools Without Resource Officers After Connecticut Shooting

Baltimore County Police have instituted a "Keep a Check" program for schools without resource officers.

Baltimore County Police are increasing patrols at local public schools without resource officers after a Friday morning shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz posted on his Facebook page that the police department has instituted a "Keep a Check" program for all Baltimore County schools without resource officers. Police will drop by every school, walk through and ensure that everything is secure.

Kamenetz writes that the walk-throughs will occur multiple times per shift. He notes that Police Chief Jim Johnson is keeping in regular contact with national law enforcement officials and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance.

The officers will continue the patrols beyond Friday for an unspecified amount of time, the county executive wrote.

Louise Rogers-Feher, a police spokeswoman, confirmed the increased patrols.

"They’ve been directed to go to the schools, talk to the principals, make an appearance so that people realize that we know what’s going on," she said.

A gunman allegedly killed 27 people, including 18 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, according to Newtown Patch. The gunman was reportedly found dead inside the school.

Charles Herndon, a Baltimore County spokesman, said there is no threat to Baltimore County schools but Dance and Johnson had thought the additional patrols were needed as a precaution and to alleviate worry. He noted that the schools without resource officers were primarily elementary schools.

"On behalf of Baltimore County Public Schools, I send our heartfelt sympathy to all the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School who are mourning the loss of life of their children and loved ones," Dance said in a release. "We are saddened and outraged by the tragedy."

According to the statement, Dance has asked the school system's department of safety and security to review current crisis plans.

Holton F. Brown December 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM
even as a gun owner myself .. i can't see the need for 30 round and even 100-round clips..but then there are those say those clips are needed for an uprising to throw out the socialist guvmint .. to those I Say:Repeat after me--armwed insurrection is treason, for which the penalty is death!
Buck Harmon December 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Good point Holton...perhaps I should have spoken to the way that very bad news is sensationalized ...more about ratings, sponsors...money.
Sharon Stanton December 17, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Well, this began as a "response" to police patrolling schools that do not have resource officers, i.e. most elementary schools. As always, it becomes a battle of "who's opinion on whatever is the correct one or about politics". I work in a Baltimore County high school; yes we do have a resource officer. One person only! Can he be everywhere in this building at one time? Not hardly. Having officers in the buildings may somewhat deter a "crazy" from coming in; I seriously doubt it. But closing off easy access to all the schools needs to be a priority. Mr. Herndon says "there is no threat to Baltimore County Schools". Where does he sit? In a locked office? What happened at Perry Hall High School to start off our school year? We in the schools are greatly concerned about the childrens' safety while in the buildings as well as our own safety. There needs to be more security in all of them, be it locking all the doors and access by identification only or by police presence, or just always being vigilent by all of us within of unfamiliar people in the buidlings. And to Mr. Herndon and all you others above that rattle on about no problem, gun control, politics, and everything else should realize that bantering back and forth will not solve this problem. Work on something constructive with positive actions for solving the problem. Truthfully, i don't really know what will. But I hope and YES pray that we find solutions; ones that don't take years to enact!
Cliff Burris December 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
When you watch tv today, the government doesn't allow you to watch someone taking a drink of the alcohol product they are selling; the government doesn't allow you to see a commercial about cigarettes .... Where is the outcry of our rights being taken away???? Yet, the government can't be trusted to ban certain weapons, or impose restrictions on certain firearms being sold to potential nutcases ,,, to protect our precious little children or grandchildren???? (Hasn't everyone saw the pictures of those little innocent beautiful 6 and 7 year-olds that were shot for no reason in CT????) Which rights taken away from us, and violated, would be worse??????? (1) Not being able to watch someone take a drink of Samuel Adams on a tv commercial - take a puff of a Marlboro on tv .....OR (2) Banning the sales of AR15's or other assault rifles, and yes, even 9mm handguns to the general public ..... If Noah Pozner were still around, I wonder what his opinion would be .......
Buck Harmon December 17, 2012 at 03:33 PM
No matter how much we try to control it...the solution can only occur naturally... I would liken this event to a head on crash between a tour bus full of seniors and a school bus full of children...caused by alcohol and prescription drugs...It's terribly tragic but no law can possibly stop the accident.

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