(CNS) Starting this morning, LA police officers, LA County sheriff's deputies and members of other Southland police forces will be visiting LA Unified School District campuses, although it's not expected to be known in advance which campus will be getting a visit.
Those visits will be in addition to regular patrols by LA school police.
The beefed up patrols are a response to the elementary school massacre in Connecticut last month, when 20 kids and six adults were gunned down.
The Los Angeles Police Department, the sheriff's department and at least a dozen other law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County will add school campuses to their daily patrols beginning today, when students return from winter break.
Altered beat patrol routes will pass by every public school and any private school that requests them in a Southland response to the Dec. 12 massacre that left 20 children dead and six adults dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy, School President Monica Garcia and School Police Chief Steve Zipperman are expected to visit to elementary schools today. Deasy and Garcia will be at Maple Street Primary Center at 3601 S. Maple Ave. Zipperman is scheduled to visit Main Street Elementary School at 129 E. 53rd St.
The increased patrol plan was announced Dec. 17, three days after the Sandy Hook slayings.
"A barrier has been broken in our culture, and that barrier is the safety of our youngest residents,'' Los Angeles police Chief Charlie Beck said Dec. 17, when the new arrangement was announced. "It's all our jobs to make sure that we resurrect that barrier and that our children are safe.''