- Associated Press - Friday, February 23, 2018

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Farmington police is increasing its presence in the city’s public schools in the wake of last week’s mass shooting at a Florida school.

Farmington Municipal School District officials announced Friday that uniformed officers and even police Chief Steve Hebbe will make unannounced visits to schools.

Officers will walk through the campus and engage with students and faculty.

Police spokeswoman Georgette Allen says the public shouldn’t be alarmed if they see several patrol vehicles outside a school. The heightened police presence is in addition to already employed school resource officers.

The plan will last for at least the rest of the school year.

Allen says the idea stemmed from conversations police and district officials had about how to collaborate in light of recent talk about school shootings.

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