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Marietta police increase patrols around local schools

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There is heightened security at A.L. Burruss Elementary in Marietta. Police and school officials are on a mission to keep students safe.

"We have increased a few of the patrols, we have increased our presence around schools, especially at the start of school and also at the end of school," said Sgt. David Baldwin, with the Marietta Police Department.

The show of force is in response to the shooting at Ronald McNair Discover Learning Academy in DeKalb County. But police said tightening security at Marietta schools has been underway for awhile.

"Some of the school improvement projects that have been made here in the city of Marietta have been the keyless entry where all the doors are locked, everybody has to be buzzed in and verified by their identity through a camera system," Baldwin said.

The schools have also been equipped with a panic button.

"As soon as they press it, it goes directly to the 911 center and the 911 center then immediately dispatches any available units to respond to that school," Baldwin said.

School officials said the new security systems and increased patrols form a protective safety net around students, but they said no one is ever satisfied.

"There is always something we can improve on. We have some systems in place and we will continue to evaluate and improve on those things" said Julie King, the principal at A.L. Burrus.

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