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Police visiting LAUSD schools in wake of Connecticut shooting

January 7, 2013 |  8:18 am

LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado greets the students arriving for classes at Main Street Elementary in Los Angeles. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Elementary and middle school campuses across Los Angeles are reopening Monday after winter break with increased security in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut.

The Los Angeles Police Department, as well as the L.A. County Sheriff's department and other law enforcement agencies planned to have officers visit the Los Angeles Unified School District's more than 500 public elementary and middle schools on a daily basis.

Elementary and middle schools had not been on LAPD's daily schedule before. Daily patrols will continue at district high schools.

The increased security follows last month's shooting at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults.

"We really appreciate the cooperation and the partnership with LAPD," said LAUSD Supt. John Deasy.

Deasy, along with school board President Monica Garcia and Los Angeles School Police Chief Steve Zipperman, visited elementary schools Monday morning before students arrived.

"A barrier has been broken in our culture," LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said last month. "It's our job ... all of our jobs, to make sure that we resurrect that barrier and make our children safe."

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Photo: LAPD Sgt. Frank Preciado greets the students arriving for classes at Main Street Elementary in Los Angeles. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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