Howard County Police to Increase Patrols Near Schools After Connecticut Shooting

Police recently concluded an in-service training of their "active shooter plan."


Howard County Police said Friday afternoon they would be increasing patrols around schools next week after an elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

A gunman allegedly killed 27 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, according to Newtown Patch. The gunman was reportedly found dead inside the school.

Howard County police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn said the department recently concluded in-service training to review the department's "active shooter plan" with its members.

"We also conduct drills to simulate mass shooting incidents," wrote Lllewelyn in an email. "The procedure has police working closely with the school system, which has systems in place to reach out to parents quickly."

Llewellyn said Police Chief William McMahon spoke with the head of security for the school system Friday after the tragedy in Connecticut to discuss safety in county schools.

Police currently post 13 officers in high schools as school resource officers, three in the middle schools (which travel among schools) and there are also two school resource officer supervisors. Officers are not placed in elementary schools in the county.

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Shawn December 17, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Greg, obviously you are not a shooting sports guy. "Assault rifles" are fun to shoot, and are used in sanctioned and non sanctioned competitions. (think of it like golfing with guns) The past few mass murders have exemplified the fact that the weapons used to commit the murders were "legally acquired guns". However nothing was mentioned that the murderers were actively taking prescription Psychotropic drugs. If it truly is safety that makes you believe gun control is the way to go then the absolute ban on Psychotropic drugs would actually be effective.
Shawn December 17, 2012 at 03:49 PM
'Society is to blame, not the guns" Well said and very true Dave. The government is not interested in the people's safety. This is painfully obvious with the fact the Psychotropic drug connection with the recent mass murders has not been mentioned let alone investigated. The government is only interested in gaining more control over the people. Trading Liberty for a false scene of security only promotes oppression.
Dave A. December 17, 2012 at 03:59 PM
As sad as this event is it was brought on by ourselves. The main problem is the role of the family! When I was a kid we did not have things like XBox, WII, no internet, no cell phones....Parents taught us right from wrong, and it was reinforced at school. We got spankings when we made a bad choice! Guns were in almost every home, yet we never heard of such horrible news. Why? BECAUSE IT DID NOT OCCUR! NO it was not 50 years ago! We have evolved into this society of convenience and this has caused us to work more and spend less time with our families. Lacking role models begin this turn to the dark side. Unsupervised children begin to weave dilusional dreams as teenagers. All of these murderous escapades had one thing in common. They all spoke out before the action and NOBODY reported it or took any type of action! FAILURE! As a society there is another thing we can do about these situations. They don't require a single law change! Take charge of your children and family. Teach them right from wrong and enforce it, and most importantly take responsibility! Stop blaming issues like this on other causes and deal with the root of the problem! If only our Government Officials would do this and stop pointing the finger! We would not be such a violent society, we would be financially sound, and it would be a healthier environment for the american family!
Shawn December 17, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Dave I concur that society as a whole and more over the lack of family values is to blame for the trend towards violence. That said the fix is within each one of us, however that takes effort and the majority thinks that they are too overwhelmed to have the necessary time to apply that effort and find it much easier to place blame somewhere else. Thus the never ending spiral into societal calamity continues exponentially. On the same train of thought (not wanting to apply the effort) it is much easier to allow the government to come up with a fix. The government is more than willing to take even more Liberties away from the people for a false sense of security that actually compounds the problems at hand. Until we the people wake up and realize that a Free USA Republic requires effort to keep the government (our servants), and our families in control we as a nation are doomed.
Dave A. December 17, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Shawn I am in 100 % agreement with you!


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