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Molinelli expanding Bergen school security assessments

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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli this morning announced that school security assessments throughout Bergen County are expanding.

Since January, 166 schools have been scheduled for inspections — at no cost to taxpayers — in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT.

“The security assessments have been taking place for several years, but requests have greatly expanded” since last year’s killings, Molinelli said.

“In order to ensure consistency in the assessments county-wide, and to assist in the timely completion of the work, collaboration has been sought from the various police departments throughout Bergen County, at first limited to those police districts wherein a school has requested that an assessment be done,” the prosecutor said.

“A police liaison will be appointed by the local Chief of Police, and these liaisons will be trained to work with the [Risk Mitigation Planner] and local school district to conduct the individual study and, thereafter, to work with the local school district in providing heightened safety in the various school buildings,” he said.

“This task force system will create a permanent security environment whereby local schools will have a greater access to information and assistance in their efforts to keep our schools safe.”

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