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DC police quietly adjust way schools are patrolled

Sunday - 9/15/2013, 7:05pm  ET

WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia police have changed the way they patrol public schools and charter schools, moving away from having dedicated officers at each school.

The Washington Post ( ) reports that schools are now clustered to share officers. Schools are grouped based on geography, neighborhood crime statistics and truancy rates.

Police say the new strategy was needed as charter schools grow and now enroll more than 40 percent of students. Charter schools have pushed for more attention.

But the change has some people worried about security in the wake of last year's school massacre in Connecticut.

Aona Jefferson, president of a union representing school principals, says schools should have dedicated officers at a time when security is of utmost importance.

Police say each public school also has permanent, private security guards.


Information from: The Washington Post,

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