Along with the rest of the nation, the Tucson Police Department would like to extend our sympathy to the Newtown, Connecticut community. Although the tragic event of this morning appears to have been an isolated incident, and no similar type of actions or threats have been made in our community, the Tucson Police Department will increase its presence at or near schools throughout the City of Tucson. These resources will remain in place for an undetermined amount of time. Contact has been made with administrative personnel at each of the different school districts having schools within the city limits of Tucson to advise them of the enhanced police presence. We have also solicited information from them regarding any concerns that they may have.
Chief Roberto Villasenor directed the enhanced presence at or near schools as a precautionary response here in Tucson. Beginning this afternoon, citizens can expect to see the increase in police presence, especially as the children are released from school for the day. Patrol officers as well as Solo Motor Traffic officers have received specific direction to maintain an increased presence around as many schools as possible in their assigned areas throughout the remainder of the day. Again, there are no indications at this time of any threats to any Tucson schools, and this increased presence is merely precautionary in nature.
Be assured that we take the safety of the community very seriously, and we are prepared to maintain the safety of the most vulnerable of our residents at all times. We want to remind our community to live your normal lives, without apprehension but remain vigilant. Keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings, and please do not hesitate to report any suspicious activity to police immediately.