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Belchertown Police To Patrol Schools Monday

police lightsBELCHERTOWN, Mass. (WGGB) -Starting tomorrow, there will be additional police presence at Belchertown’s Public Schools. According to Chief Francis Fox, officers will be there at the beginning and the end of the school day.  The officers will not go into the schools, but will do patrols outside throughout the day. Chief Fox says he’s doing this to give parents and students “presence and peace of mind”, after Friday’s tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and that he “takes these things very seriously.”

There has already been an officer assigned to the school district for 12 years.

Chief Fox says the patrols will continue until further notice.


  • paulb62

    What is wrong here. It takes a horrific incident, then you have people reacting thinking they are doing the right thing.
    Reading these comments some people are wondering why all of sudden. Then the comment on overtime. Seems to me towns and cities should start looking at ways to make schools and public buildings safer by other means than having police presence. Maybe keeping all entries and exits locked once school starts. Put metal detectors in place. Everyone has an ID badge. Doesn’t take rocket science to protect your children, just common sense.

  • alpinequeen

    We also need to place uniformed police at every work place, church and mall or any other place where people congregate.