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Woodbridge BOE Adds Patrolmen to Schools

Three full-time Woodbridge patrolmen will be patrolling the township's 24 schools to make the district safer for students.


Woodbridge parents can breathe a little easier as far as their children's safety is concerned. The Board of Education approved a motion to add three off-duty police officers to patrol the district's 24 schools during the school day.

The three officers will join three others who currently are on watch at Woodbridge schools. There are 16 elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools in the district.

The idea to add more officers came from . The motion was passed at the January 30 meeting, at the same assembly when Dr. Zega's appointment to school superintendent was approved.

"We've been taking a look at our whole security system," Zega said. He said  the board's Security and Safety Committee had been assessing the district's security abilities even before the tragic Connecticut Sandy Hook school shootings in December claimed the lives of several teachers and 20 first grade youngsters.

"We've been looking at different ways to upgrade what we've been doing," the superintendent said. Adding three officers to patrol township schools during the school day was "the most cost-effective" and flexible way to provide extra protection, he added.

"If you hire someone full time for each building, you're talking about a lot of money."

Each of the officers will be paid $39 an hour, which will be paid by the board. The township is providing the cars and gasoline for the officers to patrol the schools, Zega said.

The extra manpower began monitoring the schools on February 1. The motion passed by the board extends that police power through June 26, or about the end of the 2013 school year.

"It's a hard job to make [the district] secure," Zega said. "This is another way to do more with less."

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LB February 05, 2013 at 08:46 PM
What do you suppose the odds are that an itinerant police officer would be at a particular building during the exact moment an emergency occurs? Surely, there must be a more efficient, safe, and cost-effective way to protect our children.
Nicole McNulty February 06, 2013 at 03:39 AM
I think the fact that there is a known police presence n that an officer can show up at any moment will deter would be criminals and its good start.
gam February 06, 2013 at 04:13 AM
the problem is that you are looking at this like a "normal" person....these are not what you would consider "criminals", worrying about a police patrol. Except for perhaps a true psychopath...these people are mentally ill. There was a trained Navy ex Seal killed this weekend but another ex veteran he thought he was helping at a shooting range..It is simply impossible to protect society from a twisted mind that wants to do something evil. You can put an officer in every school but the only thing that might accomplish is give parents,staff and maybe students the impression of safety
Brian February 06, 2013 at 02:59 PM
An officer can show up at any moment anywhere. It's called patrolling. That's what patrol officers do.
NotInKansasAnymore February 07, 2013 at 03:48 AM
Imagine how much MORE the kids could get if all the higher ups made LESS! Also, couldn't these officers be patroling the schools without getting paid by the Board? How much safer are the kids with officers just doing drive bys of the schools? Wow, so now we have 6 officers cruising past 39 schools all day. Yeah, I'm breathing so much easier now. Thank God (oh can I say God?) another Dr. took over the Superindent position. They just have all the best ideas. And to think after looking high and low for months we again find one right in our own back yard! We're just lucky I guess!

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