• SMPD Prepared for Incidents at Schools, Chief Says


    San Marino Police Chief Tim Harrigan told The Tribune that his department will be more vigilant in patrolling local school sites in the wake of the shootings that occurred earlier this month in Newtown, Connecticut. I want to make certain that the community understands that the Police Department considers school safety one of its utmost priorities. In response to today’s events, the Department will be increasing its presence at the school campuses and will continue to work closely with the San Marino School District to ensure the safety of your children and this community.

    “I want to make certain the community understands that the San Marino Police Department considers school safety one of its utmost priorities,” Harrigan said. “In response to these events, the SMPD will be increasing its presence at the school campuses and will continue to work closely with the San Marino School District to ensure the safety of your children and this community.”

    Harrigan said that the SMPD “regularly and diligently trains its officers to handle ‘active-shooter’ situations, like the one that transpired in Connecticut.”

    In fact, the department has worked closely with the school district to establish protocols and procedures for responding to active-shooter incidents and other criminal acts concerning mass violence, such as bomb threats,” the chief continued. “In cooperation with the district, the department has conducted full-scale active-shooter response exercises at the high school and has made arrangements for rapid response deployments at all district school sites.

    One such exercise was reported to The Tribune by a passer by.

    “Please rest assured, the SMPD provides each school with a School Liaison Officer. All officers so assigned have been instructed to maintain close ties with school staff and student body, and visit their respective schools regularly.”

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