by David Mendez
The Tucson Police Department has announced that, beginning this afternoon, they plan to have an "enhanced presence" at Tucson-area schools.
A release from TPD states that, though there has been no indication that there is a threat similar to the shooting today at Sandy Hook Elementary, in Newtown, Conn., they will be increasing presence at schools in and near Tucson for an "undetermined amount of time."
From the release:
Chief Roberto Villasenor directed the enhanced presence at or near schools as a precautionary response here in Tucson. Beginning this afternoon, citizens can expect to see the increase in police presence, especially as the children are released from school for the day. Patrol officers as well as Solo Motor Traffic officers have received specific direction to maintain an increased presence around as many schools as possible in their assigned areas throughout the remainder of the day. Again, there are no indications at this time of any threats to any Tucson schools, and this increased presence is merely precautionary in nature.
We want to remind our community to live your normal lives, without apprehension but remain vigilant. Keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings, and please do not hesitate to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.