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PA State Police Making School Visits Part Of Daily Routine

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HARRISBURG – PA State Police are now under orders to visit schools and colleges every shift in areas where they are the primary police force. The Wolf Administration made the announcement, citing findings from a school safety task force set up in the wake of February’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The administration says school officials requested a stronger police presence. Troopers are the primary police force in nearly 1,300 municipalities. PSP Spokesman Ryan Tarkowski says it hasn’t been unusual in the past for troopers to drop in on schools during routine patrols, but this new policy mandates that it happen once per shift. Troopers will visit schools where PSP is not the primary law enforcement agency as time and resources allow. A visit could amount to a trooper driving around the school’s perimeter or stopping in to talk with school staff or students. The safety checks will continue throughout the school year.

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