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Harford Police, Schools: 'Heightened Awareness' In Wake Of Connecticut Shooting

There was no additional police presence at Harford County Public Schools Friday.

A struck worry in the hearts of parents across the nation and put Harford County law enforcement and school officials on alert.

While law enforcement and members of the school system were well aware of the mass shooting, there was no increase in police presence at Harford County Public Schools Friday, Teri Kranefeld, manager of communications for the school system, wrote in an email to Patch.

"As soon as the news broke today the [school resource officers] went into a heightened state of awareness," Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesman Edward Hopkins wrote in an email to Patch.

The sheriff's office school policing unit is "routinely vigilant for suspicious circumstances and are quickly aware when breaking news comes out regarding school or mass shootings," Hopkins wrote.

"In light of the events today it would be normal for them to reach out and contact their school liaisons and discuss the event and any necessary preparedness," Hopkins said of school resource officers.

Kranefeld supplied the following information about routine school safety procedures:

Each school has a critical incident plan and drills are conducted every year to ensure that the plan can be executed effectively.  Harford County Public Schools has an excellent working relationship with local and state fire, police, and EMS.  Active-shooter drills are conducted with key players to practice the role of each agency in an emergency.  In addition, HCPS Administrators have been trained in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) program.  NIMS is an emergency preparedness program created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  All of our schools are locked down with a visitor management system in place to help ensure that all buildings remain safe.  As always, our number one priority is the safety of our students and staff.  We will continue to execute the security plans that are in place and remain vigilant.

Neighboring Baltimore County ordered patrols of schools without resource officers in the wake of the Connecticut shooting.

tammy December 16, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I also noticed a lot of people who where already buzzed in holding the door for others behind them. Something relly needs to change!!
Bored December 16, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Crazy, thats just crazy. Who calls the police and says people are running stop signs, pure non sense. But I guess that explains all of the drug activity and crime in the area. If you only have 3 troopers on the road and they all all writing b.s. tickets for stop signs, then I guess the criminals can run free. But you have to admit it is a lot safer pulling over stay at home moms and writing b.s. tickets all day than going into the drup havens of the County and taking these gangs down. No money in taking the gangs down and yea, you might get shot. No stay at home mom is going to do that, right? But back to the main point, if you guys have time to feed the coffers of the State all day, then you have time to hang out at a school. Believe me, I have no beef with you people, I am a stay at home mom, so needless to say, I have a clean driving record since I don't drive much. I just see too much attention paid to raising money and not protecting citizens. You do understand you main function is to protect people from criminals, don't you?
Crazy December 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Bored u may think its nonsense but its a fact. People call all the time about stop signs. Let me guess you have insite to police like that where we make this up, right? I would rather go into the drug areas then write stop signs because believe me I personnelly am not afraid of these turds. I tell you what why don't tell the elected officials to stop having us write stupid tickets to fill the coffers and let us do our job, like fighting crime. Also since you are one of those people, stay at home moms, look up crime stat, state stat or call the governor about it. YOu will see what they want, revenue. And by the way I do have a problem with you people, soccer moms, SUV moms, or whatever you are called now. You are some of the worst drivers out there. Another thing one of my functions is also to enforce md traffic laws too.
Bored December 17, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Well Crazy I am impressed that I finally found a cop that admits that the whole job is all about the money. It supports my theory that your time would be better served sitting in a school or WALKING a beat in a mall, shopping center, neighborhood, athletic event, etc. Yes, somewhere where there are lots of people to protect. Please don't lecture anyone on driving. Actually, the worst drivers out there as a group according to a national study are the police. Why, because all the laws we have to follow, you are exempt. I just saw a story on this on Dateline last week where you cops are typing on lap tops while driving, talking on the phone (and typing on the lap top too), writing on notepads, some Depts. typing on smart devices while you are driving. Thank God for dash board cameras because they actually catch you guys running lights, stop signs, rear ending cars at lights and causing general mayhem when not paying attention to the road. Some Depts. in the mid west (obviously smart people) have wired the partol cars to disable all of that stuff when the vehicle is moving more than three miles per hour. While I am thinking about it, in a recent Montgomery County study of revenue cameras, guess which group had the greatest violation of speed and school zone cameras violations, you guessed it, the police. In the majority of the tickets, no emergenzy lights were on, but I have no doubt in every one of those tickets (which no one pays) they were heading to a call.
mom24 December 19, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Can you people quit this bickering?! Especially the so called police officer. You are supposed to be a respected individual who people look to for security and you are on here bickering like a teenager. Bottom line is the harford county public school systems and the harford county sheriff's office need to be working together to come up with more effective security regulations and safety procedures. Now quit feuding and hug your loved one. Life is a gift.

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