From now on, Bristol Township School District students and parents will see an increase in police presence at schools due to an extension of the partnership between the school district and the Bristol Township Police Department.
Bristol Township patrol officers have been directed by Chief James P. McAndrew to stop in at Bristol Township schools each day as part of their regular area patrol.
According to a school district press release, the directive comes in the aftermath of the Newtown, Ct. school shooting tragedy, and a recent bomb threat at Harry S Truman High School.
"While the bomb threat appears to have been false, students and their families were alarmed by it. Township police and other emergency personnel joined with school staff to secure the building and assure student safety," school district officials stated.
School district Superintendent Samuel Lee stated in a letter to school administrators and families that the agreement as "an extension of a long-standing, collaborate relationship between the school district and township police.
"The increased visibility of police officers in our schools is a welcome and helpful support as we continue to provide for and promote a safe and secure environment for students and staff," Lee said.