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LAPD Chief Wants Patrols at All LAUSD K-8 Schools Daily

Chief Charlie Beck says Sunday that he wants every kindergarten, elementary and middle school to get a visit from an LAPD officer each day.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Sunday he plans to ensure LAPD officers patrol all kindergarten, elementary and middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District each day.

Beck said it will require additional training and may require a combination of assignments and voluntary "adoptions," reported the KNBC4 Web site.

Beck said he hopes to have a plan in place by the time classes begin on Jan. 7 after winter break.

Beck said he would announce further details on Monday.

(Read our update about those details here.)

He also he had been talking with LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy and LAUSD police Chief Steven K. Zipperman about the logistics.

"I'm going to use all 10,000 LA police officers to make sure every K-5, every middle school in LA gets visited at least once a day by an LA police officer," Beck is quoted by KNBC as saying.

Beck's plan comes in reaction to Friday's mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 school children and six adults died.

Read the full KNBC-4 piece here.

Related:

LAPD to Step Up School Patrols in Wake of Conn. Shootings (KCBS/KCAL)

doreet December 17, 2012 at 02:19 PM
As a parent of an LAUSD middle school student, I support this idea. I believe it will promote community and understanding.
Brian Dzyak December 17, 2012 at 02:41 PM
So, what, these officers will be there every day, all day? I do appreciate the desire to do SOMETHING in light of recent events, but what we need is REAL substantive action to keep guns out of the hands of people who don't need them. One way to do that is to overturn the Heller SCOTUS decision and enforce the ENTIRE Second Amendment (not just part 2) which will ensure that guns are in the hands of ONLY people who train properly with them for the purpose of defending this nation. http://signon.org/sign/enforce-the-entire-second?source=c.url&r_by=4160511
marcos December 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
they should build a police station at every school with at least 3 police officers permanently because this killers more than killers are cowards because they go allwayss after inocents that can not defend themselves dont you get it people ? what time they come to shoot ? nobody knows !!!so officers must be there at all times same thing at malls and cinemas !! nobody is safe nowadays
Charles Murray December 17, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Perhaps there is a REASON why the most notorious mass-murders have happened in schools, malls, theaters, and in a gun-free building on a military base in Texas..... Those particular places are the only ones specifically off-limits for licensed concealed handgun owners to keep their arms with them. Other places in public, such as outdoor amusement parks, the beach, crowded streets in densely-populated parts of town, don't seem to the target of these sick-os. With that said, suppose there had been a CCW licensee sitting in that Colorado theater, or strolling around in the mall in Oregon, or perhaps the teacher or principal at the Sandy Hook School may have been carrying, had it not been for "no gun zones"? I don't care how many idealists keep yammering about keeping guns out of the hands of nuts and criminals. Can't happen. Simply mathematically impossible. And these lunatics also have something in common: They are all intelligent and very resourceful, so this would indicate that without a gun, they would simply devise other means to spread chaos and death, and perhaps worse so than by gunfire. My wife, who has a concealed carry permit, is only alive today because she was properly armed in her college dorm in Austin, when the Hyde Park Rapist came to her door at 5:00AM one morning. Long story short, we need to control the lunatics; not the guns. America is here because of guns, and they are a part of our culture and always will be.
maria muse December 17, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Here, here Charles Murray. Here, here!
Lisa December 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Although I fully understand and appreciate the concern and reactive steps, I feel this will be a huge disservice to the community and even moreso the students. Having a police officer walk into my children's first and kindergarten class everyday will take at least 10 to 15 minutes away from their learning. The kids love seeing officers and everyday the appearance of one will cause disruption. I also strongly believe it will give a false sense of being educated in an unsafe environment. I have chosen not to discuss this unimaginable event because it is something that thankfully doesn't happen everyday and I feel that even mentioning it to young children will cause them to have anxiety and be scared of going to school. Having a police officer visit their room every single day means we must discuss this issue and will tell children they should be scared to go to school. I also question how much money this will take and how taking police off street patrol will effect the crime rate. I am scared about this new policy and although, I fully understand the reason behind, I feel it will prove to be a disruption at a high cost.
Lex December 17, 2012 at 05:39 PM
How come not in the high school? I think they should go and look around the schools to make sure it is ok. I rather not think that a teacher needs to have a concealed weapon in the classroom. That is a crazy though. Also when the right to bear arms was put into place it was a different place than we are today. Look at most countries that do not have easy access to guns, less crime, less homicides!
Michael Higby December 17, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Agreed. This is how it is in Israel, by necessity, really. We could learn a lot from them. They have armed guards at every school and all military members, even off duty, open carry.
please read my blog today under crime. It is one small step
Private schools should have classroom 'intruder locks' , small but meaningful step. Please see my blog today under crime
notmyfault December 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Why not rather give all the unemployed vets these jobs, Give them all AR-15s and about 4 vets per school, all grades. You'll see these shootings go way down.
Dave December 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM
r u NUTS? Putting high power ammo down range on a course is one thing, but cranking them off in an urban setting? Not only do you need to worry about a 2D background, you have to worry about a 3D now. How often will they practice? Who carries the liability? LAUSD? LAPD? The good fairy?
Dave December 18, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Yes, a CCW in the theater in CO would have been a great idea. Cops have approx a 33% hit rate (not kill rate) and practice monthlyl. How often are these CCW folks going to practice? Let's revisit the theater or any other public location you have listed - after accessing the threat, what is the next factor to consider? The BACKGROUND. In other words, what is behind your intended target? Unless you are callous enough to disregard the rights of those in the backgroond and reducing them to "collateral damage"......
henry peck December 18, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Perhaps they should just install guard towers in every school yard. What a ridiculous waste of manpower and fear mongering.
Bill Wentz December 18, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I don't get it. Not at all. What's your first language? It's not English.
Bill Wentz December 18, 2012 at 07:15 PM
What understanding does it promote? Cops must not be busy enough if they have time for this.

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