Local Officials Vow to Step Up School Security

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, the Los Angeles Police Department announced new measures to increase security at local schools.

Some of those measures include officers patrolling the campus of every elementary and middle school in the district.

“In some cases they’ll be there for the long term and in some cases shorter,” LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said at a news conference on Monday.

“But nobody will ever know when, and you won’t know whether they’re in uniform or in plain clothes,” he added.

Beck says the extra patrols are for more than 1,000 schools, and police will also extend the offer to private schools. The new policy goes into effect on Jan. 1.

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