Fair Lawn, Saddle Brook Police Increase Visibility at Schools

Police officers are making an effort to be seen at district public schools this week to allay parental fears.

Update: Fair Lawn will extend its police school detail -- stationing a highly visible officer at all schools, manpower-permitting -- through Friday.

Police officers and patrol vehicles have been stationed at both Fair Lawn and Saddle Brook schools this week to allay the fears of both parents and students still shaken from Friday's school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

The Fair Lawn Police Department has arranged to have an officer at each of the district's 10 public schools during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times through Wednesday, manpower-permitting, Sgt. Richard Schultz said.

Saddle Brook police chief Bob Kugler said his department had increased its uniformed and marked police vehicle presence around all of the district's schools, especially at the beginning and end of the school day.

"We realize and are sensitive that the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn. gives all of us heightened concern for the safety of our children," he said. "Our police presence, care and concern will hopefully ease some of the uncomfortable feelings parents and other guardians may have."

Kugler said Saddle Brook police would maintain their presence in and around schools going forward, and that Deputy Chief Bob White, who serves on the Saddle Brook Board of Education, would act in a dual role to keep school security front of mind.

While Fair Lawn may extend its officers' school details for the remainder of this week -- up until winter break -- Schultz said parents should not expect it to become a permanent practice.

Posting an officer at every school is neither feasible due to current force levels nor guaranteed to prevent a motivated shooter from entering the building and opening fire, Schultz said.

He suggested that parents and educators use last week's school shooting as an opportunity to reevaluate and raise awareness of school safety procedures.


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compensation December 21, 2012 at 05:00 PM
also chris you and many other gun advocates state that criminals and psychopaths like lanza will commit these crimes whether assualt weapons are legal or not. if thats the case what is an armed policemen gonig to do if someone plants a bomb at the school. wouldnt the armed policemen at every school be a waste of money then. i also assume you dont like high taxes, who is going to pay for these extra policemen at every school? next are we going to need an armed policeman at every day care, little league game, etc?
Chris Antonelli December 21, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I would want the freedom to carry a gun so if I should ever get trapped i a 40x40 room with a psycho, I could defend myself. Ad as for being a moron, a weapon is a weapon. And an AR15 is not a precise weapon. If you ever shot one, you would know they ride up after 2 shots and require a lot of effort to control. And with that, your first 2 shots need to be accurate. They are very tricky weapons. But, if you have tons of ammo and unarmed people in front of you, I guess accuracy isn't a real issue being that you'd have enough time to reload and continue. And as for taking away guns, Liberals want a ban on SEMI automatic weapons. That's roughly 95% of all guns in circulation. And the Principal wasn't taken by surprise, moron. He shot his way into the school. More than enough time to stand and fire as the animal was coming through the door.
Chris Antonelli December 21, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Yes you do, and the mother was asleep. Either way, I would question the mother's judgement for keeping an AR15 in reach of someone who clearly had a mental deficiency. The case involving George Zimmerman doesn't even apply here. But nice try.
Chris Antonelli December 21, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Get rid of some useless administrators and put it on the school's dime. We don't need police for this.
(0) December 21, 2012 at 09:29 PM
a weapon is not a weapon. there is a verying degree of weapons and anyone who says a weapon is a weapon is an idiot. is a bomb a bomb? im pretty sure that japenese can tell you the difference between a pipe bomb and a nuclear bomb.


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