Moccia To Outline Norwalk School Safety Measures

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Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia will hold a press conference Wednesday to discuss how the city will protect its 19 schools. Photo Credit: Alfred Branch

NORWALK, Conn. – Safety measures for the city's schools will be announced at a press briefing Wednesday at 2 p.m. at City Hall, Mayor Richard Moccia announced Tuesday.

They will include police patrols, the mayor added.

Following the Newtown shooting Dec. 14, Norwalk  placed an officer at each of the city’s 19 schools to help allay concerns about student safety.

The officers were at the schools until the Christmas break, but did not return afterward. In the meantime, the schools created a School Safety Planning Team to study ways to prevent school violence. Some of the committee’s findings will be discussed at the press briefing.

When reached Tuesday, Moccia would give specifics of what would be announced Wednesday, but he did tip his hand slightly. “[Police Chief Thomas Kulhawik] will give information at the briefing about patrols tomorrow.”

In addition to Moccia and Kulhawik, Interim School Superintendent Tony Daddona, Fire Chief Denis McCarthy and Emergency Management Deputy Director Michele DeLuca are expected to attend the  press briefing.

Representatives of the Board of Education, Central Office and the elementary, middle and high schools, as well as public safety officials, were part of the study team, DeLuca said.

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OLD TIMER:

A news conference on security measures planned for the schools has to be a very delicate balancing act between the need to reassure the parents and the need to keep parts of the security plans secret for them to be effective.
I understand the goal, but running the news conference will not be easy.
Everyone there will want more information than it would be smart to give out. If it is open to the public there will be people there who do not have much faith in the police or the mayor.

sononeknows:

First lets thank the Mayor for pushing Bill off the front page.

I don't care to hear what the plans are its sad enough to think he has to be involved at all.We have been told for years the Norwalk police dept falls short on coverage because the shift changes when school get out.

I'd like the Daily to ask what has changed has the union changed its position on shift hours?

I'd like to know if new officers have ben hired and the dozen cars out of service in the past month are back on line for the city and not dirt jobs,No fault of our officers the police cars are from an aging fleet its the Mayors responsibility he is in charge.

Its also known the crossing gaurds are not always there to cross children so a cruiser and officer is needed for about 30-45 minutes in the morning and then in the afternoon.

Who runs the crossing gaurds who pays them the school of the city and if the officer is there who pays that?

Tommorrow will be a sad day in Norwalk this big show Dick has planned may be shutdown for now we hope the Mayor is going over paperwork sent to him the city needs to address tonight.

Honestly folks we have poor leadership our city employees are the best why are we having this safety meeting why are they so bent on telling us details,

More police,change of shift and how are these crossing gaurds used and who pays them is what seems to be what the public needs right now from these shell game experts.

Mr Mayor making our schools safe has always been a goal see what yo can do to show us more than a pony show.

crisp203:

You got it right Barnstorm!

Barnstorm:

Cops in schools, cops at every road construction and utility site in town....do we actually have any cops left to go after criminals?

Tim T:

Barnstorm
Thats not a priority for the NPD as catching criminals is at straight time..Everything else as in road construction and at schools is at time and a half and as we all know the only thing that matters to the NPD is time and a half

Ken P Jr:

If they sit & watch known drug & gang areas people will be crying about racial profiling as soon as they notice. Theres a reason those areas are where they are & its not because of the police or the rest of Norwalk.

.jrey:

Ken
Maybe you are new to Norwalk.The NPD and the mayor have denied the gang issue in Norwalk for years ..This is the reason it is now out of control..It is 100 percent the fault of the police and this idiotic administration that we currently have.

Pony Tail Steve:

Good point Ken. No matter what the NPD do, someone is going to whine and cry and them. Have the po po sitting in the ghetto and of course its racial profiling. Can't win with these people!

Ange518:

Our Mayor should also look into all the past shooting and stabbing Norwalk had this past weekend. And why COPS are sitting on my block Muffin Lane and scoping out my neighbors home becuase our drunken/high neighbor calls, because she doesn't like my other neighbor. I never see them sit and watcht he South Norwalk drug and gang arears. The gun violence is there too and that is the root to our problems in Norwalk.

Ange518:

Our Mayor should also look into all the past shooting and stabbing Norwalk had this past weekend. And why COPS are sitting on my block Muffin Lane and scoping out my neighbors home becuase our drunken/high neighbor calls, because she doesn't like my other neighbor. I never see them sit and watcht he South Norwalk drug and gang arears. The gun violence is there too and that is the root to our problems in Norwalk.

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