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School Safety in Washoe County

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We all want our children to be safe when we send them off to school. So Washoe County School District Police are taking the extra security measures to ensure their safety.

"We know parents are very concerned when they send their children off to school, want to make sure they're safe. And we know a safe environment is a learning environment. If kids don't feel safe, they're not going to be able to learn," said Interim WCSD Police Chief Jason Trevino. 

School police recommend you talk to your child about drugs, weapons, and strangers. If your child knows to report something suspicious to a teacher, school police, or you immediately, it can defuse a small issue before it becomes a larger problem.

"The students are a key piece to campus security because there's a lot more of them than there are of us or staff members," said Trevino. 

But they're not the only ones they need help from to keep the campus safe. 

"A teacher, passerby or parent just doesn't see something right, a suspicious vehicle or suspicious person hanging around the school. We go out and a couple times we have found that those people have had warrants. Not necessarily posing a direct threat to the school, but not necessarily someone we want near the campus either," said Trevino. 

To keep an eye out for intruders, school police are increasing their patrol. 

"One of the things we did change last year was some of our start times for our patrol officers. We will continue that this year. It provides us more coverage of the times we think its more critical than we have in the past," said Trevino. 

They're also replacing door locks, securing perimeter fencing and entry ways. Officers are holding more school assemblies and talking about safety tips with students. But they're asking the public to keep in mind the thousands of kids going back to school.

"The majority of concerns we get are around safety in the morning and after school with vehicle traffic. It's really important for people to understand schools are a place of congestion and they need to make sure they slow down in those school zones around the school area," said Trevino. 

Police say it's up to students to follow the rules of crosswalks, parents to explain to them what they need to do to be safe and drivers to obey the speed limits. 

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