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Township Police Plan Back-To-School Safety Initiative

Township police, in conjunction with the Board of Education, will conduct a multi-pronged school safety initiate during the week of Sept. 2.

Traffic laws will be “aggressively enforced” around schools and bus stops, and police will visit schools to meet with administrators and students, according to a release about the initiative.

“It is imperative that the children of the community see our officers in a positive light,” Police Chief Lawrence Roberts said in the release. “Fostering a relationship with young people today will ensure a positive relationship with the community tomorrow.”

As part of the enforcement campaign, officers will take a “zero tolerance” approach to violations of passing a school bus while it has its flashing red lights activated, according to the release.

Officers will also make periodic check-ups of bus tops during the morning and afternoon pick-ups and drop-offs, the release said.

Roberts also asked for parents’ help in the initiative.

“If you see something that you believe is suspicious while you’re with your children at the bus stop, call the police immediately,” Roberts said in the release. “This will allow us to investigate while it’s fresh.”

“We can’t do this alone, we need your help,” Roberts said in the release.

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