Los Angeles Law Enforcement Beefs Up Security during Teachers’ Strike

Los Angeles Law Enforcement Beefs Up Security during Teachers’ Strike

The Los Angeles School Police Department said Friday it planned to station an officer at each middle and high school campus during the strike.

As of Monday, more than 32,000 Los Angeles teachers and staff members are on strike from the country’s second-biggest school district after weeks of negotiations between the United Teachers Los Angeles union and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

L.A. law enforcement agencies are prepared to boost security on campuses during this time to ensure the safety of students. The Los Angeles School Police Department said Friday it planned to station an officer at each middle and high school campus.

"I'm very confident that come Monday, that the School Police Department will be able to rise to the challenge of ensuring student safety," School Police Chief Steven K. Zipperman told NBC4 on Friday.

According to Zipperman, LAPD and LA County Sheriff’s units are expected to help patrol the district’s 450 schools.

"They will be providing high visibility presence at elementary schools during student arrivals and dismissals," Zipperman said.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department said it would help school police officers where necessary but that the School Police Department would handle most campus issues.

"We have asked the patrol chiefs to prepare to have deputies available to monitor the schools in our areas along with LASPD," the department said last week.

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