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Police Will Be Assigned To Springfield Elementary Schools


Plans are being made to beef up security in the second largest public school system in Massachusetts.  WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports

   Police officers will be assigned to elementary schools in Springfield Massachusetts for the first time. Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick says two police officers will guard the city’s 40 elementary schools on a revolving basis starting in September.

   Police are currently assigned full time to all of Springfield’s middle schools, high schools, and alternative schools. The school department is funding two of 22 Springfield  police recruits who will graduate from an academy class this fall.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.