Grand Prairie police will provide additional security at elementary campuses in the wake of the Connecticut shooting at an elementary school that killed 26 people, 20 of them children.
The security enhancements, being made to "better protect our youngest, most defenseless children in our elementary schools", will begin in January and include:
* Police officials will meet with all school districts in the city to review security plans and make recommendations.
* Patrol officers will meet with administrators of elementary schools in their respective beats to establish good working relationships.
* Day shift patrol officers will do walk-throughs of each elementary school in their respective beat to become familiar with the school's layout. The officers will stop by each school in their beat at least once during each school day.
* School resource officers assigned to middle and high schools will check in with their feeder elementary schools at least once each school day.
"The Grand Prairie Police Department believes these added security measures will better protect our younger school children and provide the highest level of police protection possible," the press release states.
Officials say they will also have officers present at all 47 campuses in the city this week.
- Deanna Boyd