Village officers start patrolling schools

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By Geri Corey

— In response to the school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people, James Watt, chief of the Village of Goshen Police Department, said village police officers have started patrolling the four schools in the Goshen School District.

The schools are the Goshen Central High School (222 Scotchtown Ave.), C.J. Hooker Middle School (41 Lincoln Ave.), Goshen Intermediate School, (13 McNally St.) and the Scotchtown Ave. School (120 Scotchtown Ave.).

Officers are patrolling the schools daily during regular school hours.

“The goal is to provide protection to students and staff throughout the school day,” said Chief Watt.

Village police have been working with school personnel on active shooter response training and school policies for lock down, meaning student response to active shooters, and ultimately to enhance school policies. Officers have routinely worked in schools on safety drills.

District Superintendent Daniel T. Connor contacted Watt to post an officer in each school building. According to Village of Goshen Mayor Kyle Roddey, the school district will reimburse the village for costs.

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