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Suffolk Police Step Up School Area Patrols in Light of CT Tragedy

SCPD says increase is a proactive measure and schools are still safest place for students.

Suffolk County Police are stepping up patrols around schools, using both marked and unmarked vehicles, as a proactive measure in light of the elementary school massacre last Friday in Connecticut.

“We are increasing patrols for the near future and we are aware of the concerns of parents, teachers, and students in light of that tragedy. There is no specific threat to any area,” Deputy Inspector Kevin Fallon told Patch in a phone interview Tuesday.

“This is a proactive precaution and reasonable action,” he said, noting that police officers have continually undertaken extensive training regarding active shooter scenarios.

The SCPD, Fallon said, has paid constant attention to potential school district violence long before Friday’s murderous rampage that took the lives of 20 elementary students and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Many, if not all, Suffolk County school district officials are reviewing and assessing current security measures and policies in light of the tragic event.

“We continually keep the lines of communication open with the schools. What happened [Friday] was a very very rare occurrence, fortunately, and we advise community residents not to lose perspective,” Fallon said, adding the SCPD is well aware of the various security measures in place at school districts.

“Schools are still the safest place children can be,” he said.

Russ December 19, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I would like to ask Inspector Fallon, having rethought my perspective after this horrific tragedy, does he think those poor parents and families in Newtown, Conn. would accept his statements now? I don't claim to have any answers, but I do know more has to be done NOW!!!! In my opinion this is and never should be a political issue, PERIOD!!!! Not when it comes to the safety of ALL of our children and school staff. As they say , history has a tendency to repeat itself, so with that in mind, immediate changes in security measures has to occur. I'm sorry but I truly feel his perspective has fallen far too short for what we as parents really needed to hear , especially from a SCPD Inspector. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!! It's time to get off the couch and stop thinking, "Oh this won't happen to me or my children". Get involved, go to your school board meetings, ask questions, DEMAND more NOW. Every effort has to be made ASAP at least to give our kids some sense of knowing we are involved in giving them a safe secure learning enviroment on a daily basis. NOT short term.
Ranger Sewer December 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM
It's not the COPS job to keep YOUR KID SAFE, it's YOURS! Ban the CRIMINAL and not the Gun!
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto December 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I disagree Ranger....It is a collective effort to keep our children safe. While I agree that gun control has nothing to do with this issue, I totally disagree that it is solely my job to keep my child safe in school. The only way I would be able to keep my child safe IN school would be for me to attend with him every day. There should be collective provisions in place (video cameras, buzzers, armed officers at the door) to keep children safe. I, by law am required to send my child to school. They should be required to keep them as safe as possible. I'm not saying they don't, but in light of this horrific tragedy, more should be done to keep the kids safe.
Lisa Smith Voos December 19, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Even before 9-11 SCPD has always come through for me from the slightest worry to the more serious concerns. If you have a concern, any concern, you can make an appointment and meet with an officer at the precinct, join a Safe Schools committee or any other school committee and join the efforts to keep our schools safe. May God Bless Sandy Hook, all our schools, and our police.
Mark Del Valle December 19, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Speaking from my own experience and attacks that I have witnessed around Suffolk County, SCPD is useless and is not the answer. Let the 2 or 3 cars along the highway continue their conversations at $150k a year, while crimes are comitted. Let them park at Deli's BS'ing for hours on end. I for one am done with SCPD and would not even call if there was an issue. CORRUPTION at it's finest. It literally makes me SICK. NYPD should get SCPD pay for ACTUALLY working and protecting citizens. SCPD is a family affair and break the rules for ALL relatives and friends. CORRUPTION at it's finest
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto December 19, 2012 at 05:16 PM
There is an alternative solution going around regarding safety officers being stationed at schools that could be a good one. The idea is to get veterans who cannot find employment at the moment to protect the doors of the schools. Employ a military veteran. They are well trained. They would be an asset to any community.
Pat December 19, 2012 at 05:17 PM
I agree with all of the above commenters. I also believe in much stricter gun control laws, especially more thorough background checks of those who purchase guns. I support our second ammendment, but I also believe that there is absolutely no need for any person to keep an arsenal of military styled assault weapons with magazines enabling a deranged individual to take out multiple persons at a clip! It is not just the need for better gun control. We need to stop cutting funds for mental health services, and stop closing state hospitals that help all the potential killers and desperately ill people out there. I know very well, as I am a retired teacher who worked at such a facility in Suffolk County. Guns don't kill - people do. This is a dual problem here. Those babies were "all of our babies". Any one of us could have been that principal, those teachers, psychologists, etc. Why oh why does it take another heinous crime such as this to get the attention of our lawmakers? Something has to be done NOW. An armed, well trained security guard at each and every school in this country. Bullet/shatter proof glass at school entry, and a foolproof lock down procedure in place. We all have to lobby for this. Newton Conn. has to be the last place we will ever have to bury our massacred children and school staff. God Bless all of us in this great country, and may we take immediate measures to make sure this never happens again.
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto December 19, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Any other ideas on how to keep our children safe at school? Does anyone else see the real problem as to why these kids are killing? Has nothing to do with gun control. As we all know, criminals don't abide by any laws..... We need to work on the mental illness issues of these kids. How do the parents as well as the schools help these children who need it without either side dropping the ball?
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto December 19, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Pat! You hit the nail on the head.
Danielle December 19, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Well said, Pat.
Hans Lewald December 19, 2012 at 06:09 PM
There is no single answer for this crimes. The causes are deeply rooted within the individuals . How do we expose them ? It is not an easy task and not fool proof . Since all the recent attacks on Schools were well thought out and premeditated by deranged individuals .Armed guards at the doors are not the answer . They would be the first to be taken out. There is too much violence in our society . You are bombarded with it on a daily basis by our media . Gory details are what sells . We should examine what is being shown on TV and the Movies Death and Destruction are always desired over " corny , wholesome " pictures. This is how a "Nerdy " kid can get the status he may be seeking from his peers . Think about it.
FYI December 19, 2012 at 06:22 PM
http://beforeitsnews.com/2012/2012/12/psychiatric-drugs-and-mass-shootings-2441362.html Probably one of the most important components leading up to MOST mass shootings. That and the media sensationalism will only invite the sick and twisted to look for their own moment of recognition on their way out of this life.
FYI December 19, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Pat, Just as locked entrances did nothing, an armed guard at each school entrance would deter no one. Every school building has hundreds of windows which also double as fire/emergency exits by which any shooter can gain entry. Either that or he simply shoots the security guard first and then walks in. There ARE solutions but most are unworkable. Although we can and have made cars safer over the years, we haven't been able to eliminate many of the deaths still occurring because of the "human" factor. We will always find ways to accomplish what we want to do. Present an obstacle to a deranged individual who wants to shoot up a school and they'll go to a soccer field, a day-care center, a playground, a church or board a school bus full of children. Sick minds will always find ways to get guns and a sawed off shotgun or a simple explosive device will wreak more havoc that anything we've seen up to this point. Take away the guns and a car can become a very effective weapon. We are missing the point. Simplistic solutions do not exist. Banning assault weapons will only remove them people who own them legally. Smaller capacity magazines can be changed out to a new one in less than a second with the gun remaining able to fire throughout the change. The assault weapons ban previously expired due to being ineffective at reducing crime with assault weapons with even the CDC determining it was of no value. We have enough laws now. Bigger problem than guns.
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto December 19, 2012 at 07:43 PM
N, you made some very valid pionts regarding the "human" factor. If not a school, it will be somewhere else. It will not stop until the WHY they do it is resolved. Now....how to get that on the table.
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto December 19, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I also believe the media should not sensationalize the bad guy.... it does fuel the fire for future deranged people to "find their glory." But how do you stop that? The media would never stop that kind of reporting. Ugh... it is so frustrating how one person can cause so much upheaval to so many...
Ron December 19, 2012 at 08:45 PM
How long before schools ban outdoor recess and gym? How long before first floor windows are kept closed in May? How long before something like this occurs somewhere at after school or night activities? We cannot live like rats in holes.Life goes on-bad things happen. If anyone thinks a gun ban will have an effect is a fool. Look at Germany. Just look at China where a man wielded a machete just last week.
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto December 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I don't think it's the question of living like rats in holes. This whole tragedy just brings school security to the forefront. It could and probably will happen again. There really is no preparedness for something like this, however, if more security measures are in place, maybe it can be stopped...You are right. As I said in my earlier post, gun control/ban does not apply here. We need to get to the root if the problem..... WHY these kids are doing this....
2 Turn Tables December 20, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Kids are desensitized when it comes to violence. You can blame the culture of death that spews out the TV, Video Game and Movie. Throw in some antidepressants, and a touch of mental illness and wham, an unspeakable tragedy. Ban assault weapons, but get some control over this absolute crap that kids absorb. If the parents are too obtuse to control what their kids watch, to the detriment of others, AND can not responsibly secure a fire arm, we will have to do it for them.
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto December 20, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I am not sure all kids are desensitized by TV and video games. If they were, this would be happening more often. Again, Why are some children desensitized and others not? We need to have some kind of system in place for the children who are mentally troubled. Schools and parents need to work TOGETHER to help these children. One should not EXPECT the other to "handle it." No one can drop the ball. And Turn, I absolutely agree,, if there does happen to be a firearm in the house, it really needs to be locked away, no matter what the circumstance.
K. December 20, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Many (not all) individuals who commit crimes -violent or otherwise- are "naturally desensitized" in that they have limited or no capacity for empathy. This can be due to drug exposure before or after birth, organic mental illness or other psychiatric disorders. Blaming "TV, Video Game and Movie" is a very simple and overly generalizing attempt to explain a person's mental capacity to be sensitive to violence.
Thomas Peterson December 20, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Video games, movies and TV is not to blame. Sorry, but correlation is not causation. If violent material is to blame, we could easily throw the bible into the mix. (God kills millions in it, even his own son). But the making of a killer is much more complex. We do need stricter gun control laws, more education and awareness.
JH December 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Schools can't teach a parent how to be a parent, their parents teach them that. In short, this starts at home, 100%. This mother took her mentally ill, challenged, I don't care what you call him, son...to a shooting range! Great parenting. Her parents obviously did well with her too. It's cyclical people. A study should be done on criminals who commit mass murder with a firearm, it should be genetic and their family history should be looked at with scrutiny. You're bound to find a link.
2 Turn Tables December 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Thomas, to make a correlation comparing the Holy Bible, to Call of Duty, Kill Bill and Scarface is absurd. You seem like a secular progressive whose own beliefs of no filter are the crux of the problem. Video games, TV and movies are the catalyst for a few troubled kids, that compliment a total withdrawal from society, and turn to violet acts like we have had the past 25 years. Most kids can make the distinction between a violet video game and reality, but a tiny dangerous percentage can not. The unfiltered violence is what causes those few to go on a murderous rampage. There are adolescents on antidepressants. We now find out, that could be dangerous??? A bad combination. Period.
K. December 20, 2012 at 03:42 PM
If it was true that "unfiltered violence is what causes those few to go on a murderous rampage" because they cannot discern video from reality (the basic trait of psychosis) then there is a simple "cure" for psychotics: make them watch videos and play games that model "appropriate" behavior. Do you really think that that would work?
jerry mangone December 21, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Be careful what you wish for, silence is Golden!
Thomas Peterson December 21, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Your right it's absurd. Bibles and holy writ actually inspires more violence than any movie ever did. Like I said, it's complex reasons why sick individuals go on these murderous rampages.
2 Turn Tables December 21, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Well Thomas, we agree to disagree. Now go back and worship Satan, and have a Happy Winter Solstice.
2 Turn Tables December 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM
My point is that TV, movies and video games may enhance an already unstable individual. I have heard (can't be verified) that there have been 33 school shootings since Columbine. The trend for violent and graphic intellectual property has also trended up in correlation with school shootings. Another thing that puzzles me is why the perpetrator is glorified, and I mean glorified on TV. When someone runs out on the field during an sporting event, they make a point not to put him on TV, as not to inspire others to do the same thing. But I have to see this orange haired freak who shot up a movie theater in Colorado? F - Adam Lanza in his hellish confines. I wish I never knew who he was. Who knows how many misfits he has now inspired.
Andrea Gallo DiLoreto December 22, 2012 at 10:47 AM
I think, at this point, we have to just speculate...this kid caused this entire mess because he was crazy. We don't know why, or ever will know why he "snapped," however it brought mental health issues, school security, and gun discussion to people's lips. Let's just hope now, after all of this senseless violence, eyes were openedto and things will start to change. God (or whoever you believe in) Bless these babies and the adults that gave their lives.

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