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Krista McNallyAug 15, 2018, 6:44 pmAug 15, 2018, 6:44 pm

SCPD school safety plan: More police presence, resource officer training

Threats made against county schools have more than doubled since last year, officials say

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HAUPPAUGE — Tuesday marked six months since the deadly Parkland shooting, and with the start of school just around the corner, school safety is on many people's minds.

"In 2017, the SCPD received 104 reports of threats to school safety. We have had more than 270 this year alone. That is more than double last year," Suffolk County Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart said.

Protecting students is a top priority in the county and several agencies are working together to create increased levels of security. A four-pronged plan was unveiled Wednesday morning that will double the number of officers in the Homeland Security section, create a new text tip line dedicated to threats involving school safety. The police department will conduct a school resource officer course to enhance officer skills and they will increase police presence on school grounds. Police will increase their presence to become familiar with the school buildings so that they can shorten their response time during emergencies.

The police commissioner says they hope to visit three schools in each precinct, both public and private, every week.

A letter will be sent to schools outlining the plans for this program which a district can choose to opt-out of.

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