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SPD adds roving patrol to cover city schools

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Syracuse Police are adding a second roving patrol to respond to issues at city schools. This comes after an SCSD student brought a gun into Ed Smith school earlier this week and the mass shooting at a Texas elementary school. SPD Chief Joe Cecile said at the city’s community briefing Thursday they are also instructing patrols to stop at schools within their territories to check in with administrators. Cecile encouraged the public to alert the school district or police if they see something suspicious.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ben Walsh called on the federal government to enact stronger gun control laws. Walsh said at the briefing the Senate needs to start with passing two House resolutions that would close loopholes and strengthen background check requirements.

The mayor said he would do everything in his power on the local level to help curb gun violence and hold congressional representatives accountable on this issue.

Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, economy, and identity.