Our Police Will Protect Our Schools

Monday, December 17, 2012

As a retired police chief, a father, a grandfather, and a citizen of this great city I am deeply saddened and stunned by Friday’s unimaginable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Ct. 

In the days, weeks, and months ahead, this horrific crime will without doubt cause citizens throughout our city and the country to question the safety of their children and the students in their communities. 

As a former public safety leader I can assure you that every effort has been made to make and keep each school in every community in the city of Chattanooga, a safe place for all of our children, as student or as a teacher.

Law enforcement officials and school administrators work hand in hand regarding these matters all year long. I am completely confident in saying that your police department is well positioned to protect the students, teachers and administrators each and every day. 

Freeman Cooper


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