Police To Begin Patrolling Lancaster Schools

By
Bethany Venable

Dateline
Updated Fri, Feb 8, 2013 2:29 pm

Uniformed police officers will begin patrolling Lancaster City Schools as part of a new contract between the district and the city's police department.

Superintendent Steve Wigton says the district won't be announcing a start date for the patrols, but that they will be rotating randomly among the elementary and middle schools.

Wigton says the district is putting up $24,000 for the contract, money that came from a lower than expected number of Bureau of Worker's Compensation claims. 

Wigton says the district will have to take the contract on a year-by-year basis, depending on future budget circumstances.

The uniformed police officers will be armed.

Wigton says district administrators have also taken Department of Homeland Security training courses and some will participate in an active shooter workshop next week.

Overall, he says, parent feedback for the plan has been positive.

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