Schools, sheriff partner in OC for school safety

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A new partnership between The Orange County Sheriff’s Department and school district officials aims to improve safety within the county’s 28 school districts in the event of a violent attack.

Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock said Thursday the partnership was prompted by discussions following the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December.

The partnership will be led by the Orange County Intelligence and Assessment Center, a so-called “fusion center” opened in 2007 under a federal initiative to gather local multi-agency intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks.

Hallock says the center hopes to visit all public and private schools in Orange County over the next two years.

The visits will include assessments of each school’s vulnerabilities.

The partnership will also collect maps of schools for faster response times.

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