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Are Budget Cuts Jeopardizing Your Child's Safety?

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There have been 31 school shootings in the United States since Columbine in 1999.

In every other country in the world combined, since that time, there have been 14 school shootings.

I sat down with the Chief of Police, Mike Mieras, of the Washoe County School District to discuss what they are doing to prevent a mass shooting from happening in one of our schools.

Mieras said 95% of school lockdowns in Washoe County occur because there is something dangerous going on in the community, not inside the school.

He said securing the perimeter of our schools is most important right now.

"We still need to finish doing our single point of entry, securing some of our old school settings, fix some of the fencing at our school sites, and video surveillance."

Mieras said he could use ten more officers right now, but the budget prevents him from hiring them.

He said for him to add more officers, there needs to be additional federal funding.

The department has 38 officers in all.

Mieras said each high school gets one permanent officer, who stays at a specific school 8 hours a day.

In addition, each high school, has a patrol officer, who takes care of not only a specific high school, but the other schools that feed into it.

"So they have a high school, three, four, five, six elementaries and one to two middle schools to cover."

I said that is a lot of ground to cover. Mieras replied, "It is."

Watch my entire interview with Chief Mieras this weekend on Face the State.

The show airs Saturday at 4:30am and 3:30pm on Channel 2. It also airs Sunday at 6:30am and 4pm.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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