North Idaho

More police presence planned for Coeur d'Alene Schools

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Students in the Coeur d'Alene School District will soon see more police presence on campus. The district and Coeur d'Alene Police announced Monday a plan to increase officer patrols district wide.

The district and police met over the holiday break to discuss recent school violence, specifically the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last month. The district cancelled school the Friday before break because of a rash of threats that had students and parents feeling uneasy.

According to a news release sent Monday, "A mutual decision was made to immediately fill the vacant Canfield Middle School Resource Officer position. The assignment of an officer to Canfield will bring the total number of officers in our high schools and middle schools to six."

Those officers will also be used to show an increased police presence at the district's elementary schools.

The news release included a statement from Superintendent Hazel Bauman, who said, "We've appreciated the longstanding support of The Coeur d'Alene Police Department and the effective use of a School Resource Officer model in our school district.  We are happy to begin immediate implementation of increasing our SRO presence not only at Canfield but across our district."