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Police to visit schools daily in Warren and Saratoga counties

Posted at: 03/27/2013 3:57 PM
Updated at: 03/27/2013 10:20 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

LAKE GEORGE - When patrol officer K.C. Glenn goes to Lake George High School, it's not an emergency.

Glenn is one of 45 Warren County Sheriff's deputies who are now making daily visits to the schools in the county.

Warren County Sheriff Bud York's eyes light up when he's asked about what the cost of the program. "Zero. Zero cost to taxpayers because that officer is patrolling through their town any way," said York. "They have to do paper work. Rather than do it in the car, they do it at the desk. It's a win-win situation."

When Sheriff York suggested the idea, schools jumped at it. Especially since it was free. All they had to was come up with some office space, a computer and a phone.

"If one student approaches one officer and stops one issue from occurring in the schools, it's a benefit. It's worth it," said Francis Cocozza, principal of Lake George Jr.-Sr. High School.

And the students don't mind. They like the idea of having an officer nearby.

"Having the officer in the building, it's a good feeling. Especially for the kids and stuff, like the younger ones," said Alex Labruzzo, a senior.

Lake George isn't alone. All of the schools in Warren County are taking part.

And in Saratoga Springs, the police chief has worked out a similar plan with city schools.

"The officers instead of coming back to the station,  stop in one of the schools, stop in the office, talk a little bit with the faculty and staff and use the space provided for us," said Chief Chris Cole of the Saratoga Springs Police Department.

Chief Cole says budget cuts forced the suspension of the DARE program, so having officers stop by on a daily basis is the next best thing.