LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — The Los Angeles Police Department plans to step up patrols at elementary and middle schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck has said that he wants to assign all 10,000 LAPD officers to visit an elementary or middle school at least once a day.
There are already patrols at high schools, but now elementary and middle schools, as well as private schools in the area, will be added to the safety mix.
Police will also be working with several safety agencies, along with mental health professionals, to strengthen up their current crisis response plans.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has also announced that it will be beefing up patrols at local schools.
News of the increased safety measures comes in the wake of Friday’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead, including 20 children.
“The LAUSD has very strong and very specific safety measures at all our schools,” Superintendent John Deasy said on Monday.
“We have sworn officers at all our high schools,” Deasy said. “This is about entrance, exit movement on campus. This is also very specific community presence at all our schools.”
“Parents are so troubled by this just unimaginable tragedy, and we want to provide every assurance we can,” Deasy added.
The LAUSD is the nation’s second-largest school district. More than 640,000 students are enrolled at its over 1,000 schools.