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CCSD Police to beef up patrol, increase weapons searches in last weeks of school

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) -- From guns on campus to fist fights between students: Safety at schools in the Clark County School District has been a major topic of discussion all year.  

"It's been very busy," said Chief James Ketsaa, Clark County School Police Department.

Now, CCSD and local police authorities are making a push to end this school year on the right note, so that they may start the next school year strong.

CCSD Police say it's standard to do additional patrols during the last few weeks of the school year, but there's an extra emphasis this time around. Especially, with everything that has happened over the past several months.

CCSD Police admit it's been a hectic year. A firearms confiscation report shows 53 guns were found on CCSD campuses since the first day of school back in August.  Of the 23 that were handguns, 17 were confiscated from students.

Even with the school year winding down, officers are still gearing up to keep students safe.

"We have increased the random weapon searches to daily operations every day at our schools," Chief Ketsaa said.

Random weapon searches at CCSD started last October, but in December a list of recommendations were made by a safety advisory committee.

"Our students can't learn when they don't feel safe," according to Dr. Jesus Jara, CCSD Superintendent.

Jara says the district has already followed several recommendations, such as increasing transparency and implementing K-9 officers specifically trained to detect firearms.

Jara says he's also thinking about the next school year.

"The other piece that we already started looking into is getting an assessment of our building structure, as well; I know we're moving forward on that," Jara said.

Metro Police add that they expect their partnerships with CCSD to just grow stronger.

"A lot of these problems are not just a school problem, they're a community problem, so it's very important that we keep these lines of communication open," according to Laura Meltzer, Public Information Officer with Metro Police.

CCSD says it received around 4,800 tips, of possible threats to schools this school year. The tips were sent through the SafeVoice app.  According to authorities, that was a success, so they want to continue to remind students and parents, that if they see something, say something.



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