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School Police Force Celebrates Five Year Anniversary with Safer Schools

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Five years ago, Tulsa Public Schools organized a campus police department.  The concept is more popular in larger cities. But so far the numbers show that issues have decreased with more police presence.

The general idea is that your children are more safe. From the Education Service Center, there is master control area, where officers can monitor most surveillance cameras at schools. 

The goal is to keep an eye out, for the  biggest threat, campus intruders. Those could be irate parents, strangers with guns, or individuals meaning harm.

The school police department has been in place five years now, with a police officer and at least one guard at every high school.  There are also roamers that go from building to building with police presence

Suspensions have gone down and actual arrests have decreased as well.

"We were arresting nearly 200 students a year. Last year, less than 90. So we have had a tremendous reduction in the number of arrests that we have made," said Chief Gary Rudick.

By the December, every school will be under surveillance with cameras, linked into the security system at headquarters.

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