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Sheriff's Office Pledges to Protect San Mateo County Following Conn. Shooting

Calling Friday's massacre in Newtown, Conn., "senseless," San Mateo County sheriff's officials vow to do their best to keep the community safe.

It's no secret public officials have been stepping out and labeling Friday's mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut as horrifying, senseless and tragic.

But the San Mateo County sheriff's office wants residents to know deputies and the sheriff have also pledged to keep San Mateo County safe and hopefully free of the school massacres that devastated Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Newtown.

Twenty-seven people were killed—the majority of them children between the ages of 5 and 10—at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. The violence is the second deadliest school shooting in U.S. history.

"Moving forward, the best way the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office can honor the memories of those who lost their lives in Connecticut, is by making sure every safeguard is in place," officials said in a statement.

Members of the sheriff's office SWAT team have instructed sheriff’s office personnel on how to respond to active shooter situations. Deputies are trained to arrive on scene, then neutralize and quell violent assaults using specific and directed tactics.

Sheriff’s office school Resource officers are and have been in constant contact with school administrators and teachers regarding the most up to date protocols and responses to schoolshooting situations, officials said.

Area schools routinely conduct Lockdown Drills, where the students are expected to react as they would in an active shooter situation. School resource officers from the San Mateo County sheriff’s office then accompany school principals around campus in order to make sure everystudent and teacher is in compliance.

In direct response to the Newtown incident, and in addition to the safeguards already in place, patrol deputies made themselves a highly visible presence on school grounds to give parents, students andstaff an extra sense of security.

School resource officers reached out to their assigned schools and offered extra assistance to school administrators in whatever way they felt they may need. 

“It is our responsibility to work collaboratively with all law enforcement agencies to make sure thecitizens who live and work in San Mateo County know we are watching out for them and protectingtheir safety day in and day out.” San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks said in a statement.

Ed December 20, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Well, the anti-gun people always call for 'reasonable regulations.' Fine. I still have yet to hear an answer to this question: "What would you (the anti-gun person) consider an UNreasonable regulation?"
joanie cesano December 20, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Eliminating the purchase of military assault weaponry from the general public has to be the priority. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON OR NEED for the general population to have access to the purchase of these types of weapons. Hunters do not need them -- and yes, Adam Lanza's mother was the owner of the weapons used in this horrific tragedy and she had them in her home. And for what reason? Protection? How safe was she at 9 a.m. Friday morning, after her deranged son put four bullets in her head while she slept? If the law enforcement community can support our elected leaders who are trying to eliminate these WMDs from our every day communities, then we might have a chance.
B December 20, 2012 at 03:53 PM
If you took even HALF the money that most school districts waste on administrative salaries, six figure pensions, and useless curriculum - you could put bullet proof doors and glass in every classroom.
Steve Hayes December 20, 2012 at 05:34 PM
An unreasonable regulation would be to remove your right to own a gun or guns for lawful defense and lawful hunting. However we should have much tighter controls on the purchase of guns (registration and qualified gun dealers on a National level) and put more limits on firepower. Some gun "enthusiats" think they need things like RPG's (bazookas and Laws rifles for example) to properly safeguard them from our own government and I assume you feel owning such weapons would be absurd. I think we would be better off with magazine restrictions of 6 - one in the chamber and a clip holding five more. No decent hunter needs more than two rounds and unless you are facing a mob nobody needs more than five/six rounds for defense. With the electronics now available it is also possible to link one (and only one) clip per weapon. BTW the notion of defending oneself against the government is an indication a person is not qualified to own a gun. It is revolting to see (on Craigslist posted on Dec 13) that somebody in Belmont is trying to sell empty 30 round clips - yes the clips are broken down so they are "legal" but they are also easily put back together. Now please explain to me why anyone needs an AR15 or any other gun that is intended to look like an assault rifle. I agree they look interesting but there are better hunting rifles and they are a little too long for most defensive situations.
Ed December 20, 2012 at 05:39 PM
You cannot buy military "assault weapons"* if you're a member of the general public. Military assault weapons are capable of both semiautomatic and fully automatic fire. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot go down to your local gun shop and pick up the same M16A4 or M4 carbine that a US Soldier or Marine carries. * - The one exception is for those willing to buy a pre-existing automatic firearm, under the auspices of the National Firearms Act. To do so requires paying a tax to the Federal Government ($200 last I checked), undergoing a background check, and only then being able to take possession of said firearm. However, they are so scarce in this country that the prices ($5000 and up, generally) make them unattainable by all but the most well-off. Furthermore, even though permitted under Federal law, states may still outlaw possession of those firearms. California is one of those states. So please tell me again exactly *What* you are trying to do.

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