BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – The Briarcliff Manor Police Department added additional patrols to the Briarcliff School District buildings Monday in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn.
The Village of Briarcliff Manor Police Department added additional patrols and visits to each of the district’s three public schools as well as several private schools Monday to provide comfort to residents following the tragic shooting Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that left 26 people dead. The district sent officers to Todd Elementary School Friday to provide added comfort.
“We’ve added an increased presence at the schools,” said Briarcliff Manor Police Chief Norman Campion. “We’re being a little more vigilant in looking for suspicious activity in and around those schools.”
Campion said there were no recent reports of any suspicious activity at any of the local schools.
“Nothing has happened but we have officers paying special attention to our schools,” Campion said. “It looks like we’re doing a good job with that.”
Officials in the Briarcliff School District said they were re-evaluating their security practices to see if there were any additional steps that could be made to improve security.
“I know (the Briarcliff Board of Education) has been working with the administration in regard to a security audit, which should be taking place shortly,” said Board Vice President Jennifer Rosen. “The administration has been working with our local police department and all other resources available to ensure the safety of our students at all of our schools.”
Briarcliff Parent Teacher Association representatives Nora Johnson and Barbara Hooper also issued a statement over the weekend, noting that they were sending their “deepest condolences to the families and the community torn apart by this tragedy.”
“We are at a loss for the right words that can make any sense. It is a tragedy of incomprehensible magnitude,” the pair wrote in the statement. “The way people came together to support the people of Sandy Hook, (and in) New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, reassured us of the good in people, but an incident like this at Sandy Hook Elementary School threatens that sense of faith in human nature. But we have hope that we will once again find the good in people, overlook the bad and find forgiveness for those who are not well and who could commit such unfathomable destruction.”