NBC10Philadelphia.com - Deanna Durante
Police officers are now patrolling inside public and private schools in Upper Merion, Montgomery County.
In the aftermath of the Connecticut school shootings, one Montgomery County school district is adding armed police to their security efforts.
Upper Merion Township Police tell NBC10 that officers began foot patrols inside schools in the Upper Merion School District Wednesday.
The random patrols mark the first time the school district and local police have taken such measures.
“With each school shooting incident that occurs across the country we have re-evaluated what we are doing to prevent this tragedy in Upper Merion Township” Police Chief Tom Nolan told Main Line Media News. “Our main goal is to make these schools a less appealing target because any potential actors will be aware that the police are often at the school and may arrive at any moment.”
Having a police officer on a school's campus doesn't guarantee that a school shooting will be stopped. A Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy was assigned as a community resource officer at Columbine High School and present the day of the school shooting there in April 1999.
NBC10 joined Upper Merion Police on one of their patrols.