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Educators, police talk about keeping kids safe in schools

6:10 PM, Dec 20, 2012   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - As more victims of the Connecticut school shootings were laid to rest Thursday, police and educators in the St. Louis area got together to talk about protecting our children from violence.

"Our number one priority is to keep the kids safe and we think the best way to do that is to have cops in the schools," said St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.

Chief Tim Fitch says one way to do that is for Congress to bring back the Cops in Schools program. Federal funding ended in 2003.

He brought up a lot of ideas for the districts today, including training and arming school personnel, but the most interest came in bringing more police officers into the schools, which the Mehlville School District supports.

"The more we can partner with St. Louis County police, the more presence we can have, in my opinion, that's the best way we can keep kids safe," said Mehlville School District Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost.

Schools were also interested in having the police department come out and do what's called a threat assessment, where officers take a close at the buildings, as well as school safety procedures.


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