Local sheriff’s office starts new school safety program
Updated On: Dec 17 2012 01:26:01 PM CST
A local school system is starting a new safety plan to prevent school violence following Friday's school massacre.
Washington County, Virginia sheriff Fred Newman told News 5 starting today, they will have every officer on duty visit a school at least once every day that school is in session.
This includes sheriff's deputies, investigators, warrant officers, even animal control officers.
We learned these officers will take about a 10 minute unannounced visit inside the school.
"The unannounced presence of law enforcement, we feel like, would be somewhat of a deterrent, and if in fact something does happen, that either law enforcement would be present or at least nearby," said Sheriff Newman.
Sheriff Newman says this 'Once-a-Day, Every Day' program will be in addition to regular visits by school resource officers and D.A.R.E. deputies.
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