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January 2nd, 2013

Local leaders discuss school safety at meeting

GOSHEN - Orange County Executive Ed Diana, NYS Senator William J. Larkin, Jr. and Orange County Sheriff Carl DuBois recently met with Terrence Olivo, Chief Operating Officer of Orange-Ulster BOCES and several local Superintendents of Schools to review the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy and to establish a framework for a subsequent meeting that will include administration officials from local school districts, local law enforcement and the Orange County Police Advisory Board.

In moving the process forward, the group agreed to the following basic principles for the subsequent meeting, scheduled to be held on January 10, 2013:

• While we believe our schools are safe and secure, recent events remind us that safety plans are living documents that are appropriately addressed and updated on a regular basis.

• Because effective school safety extends beyond the school house and is a community-based effort - effective plans will require a partnership between Law Enforcement, State and Local Government, and the local School Districts.

Following the January 10, 2013 meeting at the Orange County Emergency Management Center, the working group will issue a series of suggestions that will include potential legislation as well as interim steps that schools and communities may wish to consider.

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