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Willistown Police Step Up Presence in Schools

Officers have been greeting students in the lobby, eating lunch with them in the cafeteria and helping at dismissal, according to the General Wayne Elementary principal.

Parents of students attending General Wayne and Sugartown elementary schools might have heard from their children that police have been in the schools more recently.

On Jan. 14, Willistown Police Department (@WillistownPD) mentioned on Twitter that officers would be increasing their presence in local schools:

WPD is implementing several new programs at our elementary schools. We look forward to spending time with our young resident scholars!

In a letter to parents Friday, General Wayne Elementary principal Bonnie Citron explained the role the police officers will play in the school

Finally, as I have shared at our January PTO meeting, I have been working closely with the Willistown Police Department in an effort to reestablish our partnership. Some of the ideas we have discussed and have begun implementing are establishing an increased police presence in our school.  
Our hope is that the students will get to know the Police Officers in our community and become accustom to seeing them in our building. Willistown Police Officers have already assisted me during bus dismissal, both in the back, at the bus lot and in the main office area sending the students home from the cafeteria.  You may also see them eating lunch with the students or in the lobby area to greet or send off our students.
There will be additional opportunities that we are in the process of establishing; such as a “monthly lunch with an officer”, and a Forensic Kids afterschool program.  We are thankful and appreciative for our officer’s time and caring for our children and our community.

 

Kate Reilly January 27, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Thank you, Principal Citron! Job well done, as usual!!!
Regina DiLabbio Klugh King January 27, 2013 at 03:24 PM
We didn't need Officer Bob Magee or Chief Cockerham in St. Pat's back in the 1950's. One look from Mothor Agatha Dolores and any prospective interloper would have broken the sound barrier running away! Kudos to the Willistown officers -- and to Mr. Bruce who stands out front greeting our little ones at GW by name each day.
Susan January 27, 2013 at 03:54 PM
What a terrific collaboration between the schools, the children and local law enforcment. Well done, all. That is what makes a community.
Tim Caban January 27, 2013 at 07:01 PM
I am in favor of having armed trained police in the schools and I don't disagree with having them there now or having them acclimate the children to their presence. Its a sad reality for today's children that none of us had to deal with. I am a parent. http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/3145448-74/butler-district-districts#axzz2JCczolmF Currently, there is a police car out front when the police are there and there is not one out front when they are not there. Wouldn't someone who intends to do harm simply come back on another day if they saw a police car out front? The article above describes the Butler school district process of getting court approval to have full time armed guards who are at the school everyday. They had to go to court and the school board formally voted on their course of action. Is there a move to have permanent guards in Great Valley Schools? To date, I have heard no such statement. Has GVSD joined the 118 districts that have armed guards or are we still one of the 380 districts that don't? If not, then why? Is it to avoid recognizing the cost in the budget or to avoid getting court approval? God forbid any harm comes to any of our students in our schools. If such a horror ever happened, no amount of after the fact studies or apologies or promises to do better will be sufficient. The time is now to take the formal steps necessary to protect all of them, all of the time. Not just some of the time or whenever we get around to it.
Butch Beals January 29, 2013 at 12:48 AM
Well said, Tim.

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