It is with tremendous sadness I write to you tonight to discuss another horrific mass shooting in our Country, this time in an elementary school, in Texas, resulting in the senseless and tragic deaths of 14 children and an educator.
This is the 27th school shooting in our Country since the beginning of 2022. Despite the lack of attention to this issue by media outlets nationwide, the commitment of our Police Department to the safety of our community’s children has not wavered. Rest assured our personnel are vigilantly patrolling our school zones, buildings and recreation fields on a daily basis and will continue to do so.
While there have been no threats to our community or our schools, there will be a noticeable increase in Police presence for the foreseeable future. Please don’t be alarmed by the increased visibility of our officers, they will be present to assuage any fear families may have by the events unfolding earlier today.
Please remember citizen vigilance is paramount to our success in maintaining community safety for all. Pay attention to what your children watch, say, view on social media and behaviors they exhibit. The smallest amount of information could be the clue that prevents a tragedy from occurring in our community.
Be safe, be vigilant!
Joseph J. Orlando
Chief of Police
May 24, 2022