Police presence increases in and around schools

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- Students or parents walking the halls or traversing the parking lots of the district will continue to see an increased police presence in and around the schools.

Hudson City School District officials sent an email to parents and guardians Feb. 1 notifying them that Hudson police officers will visit the schools "on a more frequent basis" as part of "on-going safety initiatives to help keep our students safe."

The added police presence will not cost the district any additional money, according to the district.

The increased safety presence is partly a response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School where a gunman killed 26 people before taking his own life.

However, a safety and security committee has been meeting regularly for more than two years, exploring ways to make the district safer, according to Superintendent Steve Farnsworth.

"We have communicated about the needs of the district in light of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary and we decided that increased police presence in our schools would be appropriate and welcomed," he said Feb. 7. "We very much appreciate the great working relationship we have with the safety forces in Hudson. They have been very helpful with advice and with their increased presence."

The day of the shooting, the Hudson School District sent an email to parents pledging safety is the "No. 1 priority" in the district.

The increased police presence began after Dec. 14 and will continue "for the foreseeable future," according to the district.

School officials review safety and security procedures on a regular basis, according to Assistant Superintendent Phil Herman.

"Any school shooting causes us to review school safety plans to determine if any procedures need to be modified," Herman, said. "Each of our buildings practice lock-down drills on a regular basis in a way that is age appropriate for our students."

The district also encourages students and staff to "say something if you see or hear something," as a means to help preserve school safety, according Herman.

The safety measures implemented by the schools have helped make the schools "more secure than they have ever been," Hudson Police Chief Dave Robbins said.

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