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North Providence police patrol schools

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Andrea Medeiros

amedeiros@abc6.com

North Providence Police are reacting to the Sandy Hook shooting. Officers are now walking through schools as part of their daily patrols.

They're checking doors and windows to make sure they're shut and getting to know kids.

The images of the 20 kids who died at Sandy Hook are burned in grandma Linda Seleyman's mind.

"Those children, my God. I couldn't even imagine," said Seleyman.

Every time her three grand kids head to class in North Providence she's nervous, but a new program where officers do daily walk–throughs at schools has put her at ease.

"It makes me feel a little safer," said Seleyman, "You know people think not in our town  or not in our state and nobody's exempt, and nobody should let their guard down."

Sergeant Diana Perez came up with idea meant to calm parents' nerves and give kids a chance to get to know the officers.

"We've decided how can we build a better relationship with the students and also instill confidence in the students that the schools are safe," said Sergeant Perez.

Five police officers daily are checking window, doors, and getting to know every schools' layout in case there ever is an emergency.

Sgt. Perez says right now there's not enough money in the budget for bullet proof glass, but police are trying to get the front doors of the schools locked...

At this point, the front entrance is open until you get to a second door where you have to be buzzed in.

 

 

 

 

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