Chief Noga On School Safety: 'Everyone Is Committed To Our Children's Safety'

Twinsburg Police Chief Chris Noga re-affirms the police department's commitment to school safety in the wake of last week's school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Netown, Conn.

Twinsburg Police Chief Chris Noga has posted a message re-affirming the police department's committment to school safety in the wake of last week's school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Netown, Conn.

Noga said that both his department and the Twinsburg School District are committed to working together for the safety of the city's children.

He wrote:

The tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last Friday is a stark reminder of how fragile life is.  As a father, I am deeply shocked and saddened.  Undoubtedly, it will take time for the criminal investigation to unfold and possibly give us answers to questions that we all have.  Until then, we must continue to remain resolute in protecting our children. 

This morning, as I visited Dodge Intermediate, Wilcox Primary and Bissell Elementary Schools, I watched children, including mine, enter the buildings to begin another week.  A few told me they knew why I was there, but most waved and said hello just like any other morning that I've stopped by for morning arrival.  I also spoke with Superintendant Powers, each building's principal and a number of staff members.  Everyone is committed to our children's safety in our schools.   

The partnership between the Twinsburg Police Department and the Twinsburg City School District is strong.  We have worked together for years to ensure our children have the safest possible school environment and we will continue to do so.  For the near future, we are increasing our presence at all buildings throughout the school day and both the Schools and the PD are already in the process of reviewing our particular pieces of the safety and response plans.  When the final report on the Sandy Hook Elementary incident is released, we will review that as well in order to learn from this senseless crime.  While I do not know what, if any, changes to school safety philosophy will emerge as a result of the Sandy Hook Elementary incident, I am committed to ensuring that the Twinsburg Police Department does all that we can to keep our kids safe. 

-Christopher J. Noga, Chief of Police

Matt Bova December 18, 2012 at 01:25 PM
As a Twinsburg resident for almost 15 years, I have seen our City grow. Our schools, industries, and civil departments have grown as well. I am a firm believer that our City's police department does an excellent job at keeping our great City safe. The tragic events that have unfolded in other communities across our country will always hit home. Each day thousands of us residents leave our homes to go to work, and our children, including my own, go off to our City's school system. While the schools have security measures in place to help keep our children safe, these measures need to work in cohesion with our police force. Chief Noga and his entire department works hard to make our City and schools safe. I am also a firm believer that these events, while tragic, will always strengthen our community and make people more aware of their surroundings. However, it will not change the fact that we have issues that need to be addressed. We must own up to the fact that schools, whether in Twinsburg or anywhere else across this country, have been stripped away of their educational innocence. Increased on-duty police officer presence both in and around our schools is a solution that helps minimize potential threats. This is a long-term issue that needs to be implemented going forward. Resources must be made available so that our police force can maintain this presence throughout the school year. Twinsburg should lead by example and stand firm. Sincerely, Matt Bova


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