St. Louis County police to visit elementary schools in wake of shooting

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on December 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 17 at 1:56 AM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The massacre at a Connecticut elementary school last Friday has prompted law enforcement officials to re-examine security policies at schools in the St. Louis area.

Beginning Monday, St. Louis County police officers will visit dozens of elementary schools to talk about safety measures in the classroom.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch said resource officers are stationed at high schools and some middle schools, but not at any elementary schools.

"We have 31 (schools) just in the area that we patrol, and I know many of our muncipal partners have them as well, but we're going to take all the sworn officers we can - including myself - and be out in the schools tomorrow," Chief Fitch said.

Chief Fitch said he also wants to discuss different security options with elementary school officials. He said one possibility would be keeping guns locked inside the schools, and available only to trained staff members in emergency situations.

Officers will begin visiting schools as early as 7:30 Monday morning. Chief Fitch said his hope is to continue these visits into the new year.

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