Police chief stresses security priority
by TP staff
Dec 21, 2012 | 2569 views | 2 2 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In the wake of the fatal shooting of 20 students and six adults at a Connecticut school on Friday, Dec. 14, Tracy police Chief Gary Hampton told the Tracy City Council that school safety is a top priority.

Hampton addressed the council during its meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 18. He said the police department has a “very close relationship” with Tracy Unified School District, which he said has made “significant investment in security measures.”

The department practices emergency tactics at least once every four months. In fact, Hampton said, the department was training for a rapid deployment situation the morning of the fatal shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Tracy Unified Superintendent Jim Franco also addressed the council. He said administrators are reviewing safety measures following the killings at Sandy Hook

“Safety is our No. 1 priority,” he said. “Anytime you have a tragedy in another community, you want to look at what you’re doing.”

Paul Hall, director of student services and curriculum for Tracy Unified, also sought to assure the council that administrators are constantly looking for ways to make schools more secure.

“All of our schools have policies they routinely check,” he said. “We practice often with the Tracy Police Department.”

• Contact Jon Mendelson at 830-4231 or jmendelson@tracypress.com.
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December 26, 2012
While it's nice to know that the police dept and Tracy Unified have a great relationship, what about Jefferson school district? Is the police dept (or the tracy press) aware that there is more than one school district in Tracy? What is the relationship and/or plan for the other school districts in Tracy?
December 27, 2012
Based on the article it doesn't appear that anybody from the Jefferson School District was at the City Council meeting while Jim Franco from Tracy Unified was there. Maybe you should go ask why somebody from Jefferson didn't also attend them meeting.

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