Police Department Talks School Security

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. -- Both the Waynesboro and Staunton police departments have school resource officers to monitor campuses. On Monday, those officers were told to fan out around the schools to show an increased presence.

Some officers made extra stops through school parking lots to provide a sense of safety that police said everyone could use right now. Some officers said Friday's shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. should change the way school security is handled.

“I certainly believe that a conversation both locally and on the state and national level needs to occur about school security,” said Capt. Kelly Walker, with the Waynesboro Police Department, “I think that is paramount from this incident as well as the others, but certainly more so from this incident than I've ever seen in the past.”

Waynesboro has two school resource officers and Staunton currently has one and an opening to hire another.

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