APD increases patrols near schools

APD increases patrols near schools

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After the horrific school shooting in Connecticut the Austin Police Department has increased patrols near schools.

Additional law enforcement patrols are on watch at several schools.

Most high schools and middle schools have officers on campus. They're called School Resource Officers. AISD also has its own police force to patrol each campus. Monday morning, Austin police cars marked and unmarked were also spotted on patrol at and around local elementary schools. Police Chief Art Acevedo contacted school officials this past weekend and offered the extra back up.

"It's more about being responsive to our community. I actually had probably close to 10 parents throughout my weekend contacted me and ask me to please, please, please have some presence at the schools," said Chief Acevedo.

There are no immediate threats to local schools but the patrols, according to the Chief, are about being seen and making a statement.

"It's important for people to know that we are here, we're going to be vigilant, and god willing we'll be able to disrupt and keep our schools safe," he said.

Chief Acevedo also says the extra patrols are not enough.

"Our message to the parents is, listen, you cannot keep your kids safe 100 percent of the time but, you can keep vigilant, and you can be our eyes and ears. Not just parents, everybody in our community. Listen to what people are saying, pay attention to what they are doing, look for changes in behavior, it takes really everybody to police a city," Acevedo said.

The Chief says the patrols will continue at least through this week.

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