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LAUSD, LAPD First Responders Travel to Newtown, CT [Video]

Findings from the visit will be used in a review of the school district's current security plan, Superintendent John Deasy says.

A team of first responders from the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Police Deparment are in Newtown, CT, trying to learn from the tragedy, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said Monday.

Speaking at a press conference at LAPD headquarters, Deasy said the school district's police officers will incorporate what they learn from the visit in a review of the district's current security procedures.

Deasy said the school district's fiscal crisis has not impacted school security, noting that funding for maintaining campus safety had, in fact, been "augmented."

Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said he wants to ensure that all LAUSD elementary and middle schools—at least 600 of them—get a daily visit from an LAPD officer starting Jan. 7, when classes resume after the winter break. 

Calling it a "significant, significant task," Beck confirmed Monday that he would also open the expanded patrols to charter and private schools.

LAUSD's police force will be part of the initiative. The school district's officers already provide security at high schools.

Beck and Deasy said they doubted a random police presence could stop a mass killing like the one Friday in Connecticut, but that the reassurance such a presence could provide was key.

Los Angeles Schools Police Department Chief Steven Zipperman also spoke at the press conference, noting that it is "important that we take a look at an incident of this magnitude" and learn from it. (See more from Zipperman in the video clip attached above.)

"Our whole purpose in going there...," Zipperman said, "[is] to get additional information as to what occurred—some of the response efforts, recovery efforts, and anything we can learn … to help try and improve what we do."

The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department has also committed to providing an increased presence at schools within its jurisdiction.

“All our stations are going to be more visible in and around schools in our area,” sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Los Angeles Times. “We are going to be talking with school administrators and we are going to discuss school response and law enforcement response to such events.”

Sean December 18, 2012 at 05:12 AM
i am so glad we have people there to learn.... what a crock they couldnt learn using the phone/internet? how much is this junket costing taxpayers? and we wonder why the city is broke... elect kevin james as mayor
El Cid December 18, 2012 at 07:24 AM
Sadly, so true! Visit any LAUSD school and unless you arm the security personnel at every entry way - these tragedies will again take place. If someone is emotionally and mentally unstable, they will find a way to enter the premises. It's NOT that difficult. Why is our response REACTIONARY? Why is it not preventive and proactive? For every person who has made a NEGATIVE comment against educators - remember those deceased staff members that sacrificed their lives to PROTECT young, defenseless children! Teachers are priceless and worthy of our respect. I could only hope that if I am ever in such a circumstance - I too will act unselfishly as they did! Truly heroic! I keep hearing the first responders---but, I don't know if I'm expressing this correctly...but the first responders to me with NO special training were the staff members who tried to protect the children. The true heroes!
Jo December 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I agree with Sean. My first reaction to this costly junket trip to Connecticut is our City is on the verge of bankruptcy so why the heck don't they use internet conferencing, emails and Skype to learn...they have to TRAVEL there??? And, what would they learn from traveling to Connecticut that they should not have already learned from the Virginia Tech shootings and others? LA City is on the verge of bankruptcy; LA spend 1/3 of its budget for paying people who no longer work for the City (PENSIONS), yet they can splurge on this wasteful spending? The LA Mayoral debate on tv was an absolute joke. It was put on by a bunch of environmentalists so a dozen questions about the environment and "green jobs." Then finally, they ask about the City's budget...finally Kevin James got a chance to blast the other 3 candidates for being LA City "leaders" that led us into this bankrupt state that we are in. All candidates besides Kevin James were on LA City Council for years & years and they led us into the giant mess we are in...Plus Wendy Gruehl has been Controller. It just killed me to say what they are GOING to do about the budget disaster...why haven't they been doing meaningful pension reform before now? Oh, I know why...because the UNIONS are funding their campaigns so these Democrats will give kickbacks in the form of lavish pensions + benefits that are unsustainable. 2 yrs from now HALF of the budget will be for pensions. Street sweeping was ev. 4 weeks; now it is ev 28 wks!
gil contreras December 18, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Jesus...when does this end? How much is this little fact-finding mission going to cost? Who's going...friends of the chief? LAPD nor LAUSD PD know how to secure a damn school? Are you kidding me???? Geez...if LAPD has become that incompetent, I can put a trng team together right here in Los Angeles and help Chief Beck & LAUSD Superintendent Deasy better understand the issue & help them create a security plan using current resources. What happened to the LAPD I used to know?
Olga Hall December 18, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Gun Control is not going to keep people safe. If a criminal wants to commit a crime he will commit it no matter if he has a gun or not. The only ones left with guns will be the mafia at the top and at the bottom of our society. What kind of fool thinks that the criminals are going to turn in their guns? Unarmed citizens can fall prey to a dictatorship our world histories have plenty of examples and the U. S in no exception. The Japanese never attack American soil because behind every blade of grass they could find a gun aimed at their face. There is no security living is risky.
KingSlav December 18, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Just another Tony Villar/Charlie Beck get your face on camera and name in the press grandstanding event.
nonoise December 19, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Just another freebie trip paid by taxpayers.
Olga Hall December 19, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Have you read anything about the greatest scam perpetrated on us? The Libor Scandal which is an 800 TRILLION dollar scam that involves the too “big to fail” banks, the Federal Reserve, etc. Why I mention it is because the father of James Holmes the Colorado shooter, and the father of Adam Lanza the Connecticut school shooter were to testify on the Libor Scandal. A coincidence?????????????
nonoise December 19, 2012 at 03:56 AM
http://www.economist.com/node/21558281 Is this what you are referring to?
Glenn E Grab January 03, 2013 at 07:27 PM
more wasted money....

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