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North Augusta SWAT looks at schools' safety during tour

Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 7:02 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 2:07 AM
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School safety was front and center during a walk-through of North Augusta’s public schools by the city’s police SWAT team Thursday.

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Sgt. Eric Schafer (from left), Lt. Clay Swann and Chief John Thomas survey the cafeteria at North Augusta Middle School.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
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Sgt. Eric Schafer (from left), Lt. Clay Swann and Chief John Thomas survey the cafeteria at North Augusta Middle School.

With most wearing camouflage with the word “Police” on the back, the 21-member team evaluated different areas of the six schools, such as hallways and classrooms, and obtained updated floor plans and safety policies and procedures.

The annual walk-through is part of the team’s training, North Augusta Public Safety Chief John Thomas said at North Augusta Middle School.

“We want to stay on the same page as school officials,” he said, adding that keeping schools safe is a joint effort between school officials and law enforcement. “The school principals are heavily involved in helping us make some decisions and suggestions on what would work and what’s not working. Obviously, the safety of the children is of upmost importance to us and school officials as well.”

Schools appreciate law enforcement’s dedication to school safety, said Wendy Jacobs, the principal at North Augusta Middle.

“It makes us feel that we are providing a safer, more secure environment for our students,” she said.

The team will be debriefed on what they saw during the walk-throughs, said Thomas.

“After having the debriefing, we’ll get together with school officials and talk about some of the things and plan for the upcoming year,” he said.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 01/03/13 - 10:54 pm
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Multicam?

Why are they wearing U.S. Military combat uniforms in a law enforcement role?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Posse_Comitatus_Act

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 01/04/13 - 08:31 am
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Army Surplus

Perhaps Army Surplus to save money.

DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 01/04/13 - 11:02 am
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Brad

They do not appear to standard military issued uniforms to me. The camo pattern is different.

waldero
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waldero 01/04/13 - 11:09 am
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Army surplus my achin back.

Army surplus my achin back. You oughta know NA dont play (with my $$). I suppose they will next purchase a fleet of Hummers and Personnel movers to match up with the camos and auto weapons each has in the trunk. Those patrol cars look so outta place when doing this swat work.

x58dav8r
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x58dav8r 01/04/13 - 12:40 pm
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Posse Comitatus?

Doesn't mean they can't wear military uniforms, particularly since the uniforms say "POLICE" on the back. I'd be more interested in the "GLOCK" advertisement on the cap.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 01/04/13 - 12:49 pm
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DawgnSC69...

Those are current U.S. Army issue Multicam combat uniforms. They are only worn in Afghanistan, soldiers who are not either just coming from or going to a deployment there are not authorized to wear them. So why are police, SWAT or not, wearing U.S. military combat uniforms in a school?

Just wondering what the message, if any, is behind that choice...

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 01/04/13 - 12:52 pm
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x58dav8r...

I know the Act, what I am getting at is that this is blurring the line. I guess if they cannot get the military in our communities in this role they will militarize the police forces so that we don't even see a difference maybe?

daphne3520
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daphne3520 01/04/13 - 01:12 pm
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Bulldog1
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Bulldog1 01/04/13 - 04:35 pm
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School Safety

Just what is being done to tighten school safety here? Nothing in the article... Maybe nothing is being done?

john
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john 01/04/13 - 05:15 pm
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uniforms

I heard that its one of their ways to intimidate the folks they are called to deal with.

etlinks
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etlinks 01/04/13 - 05:55 pm
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uniforms?

I think this is about something positive for school security.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 01/05/13 - 09:14 pm
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After the Fact is not preventive.

What is being done to Physically Secure our schools from mental case murders?

It time to address PRO-ACTIVE Physical Security for schools just like we did with the Airline industry.

Our kids are no less important and are in fact MORE important.

gramof6
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gramof6 01/05/13 - 10:24 pm
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swat team

I can't believe the only comments being made are about what these men wore. How about if the unthinkable happened-I wouldn't care if they were wearing pink tutus as long as our precious children are being protected. A big thank you to North Augusta Public Safety for your pro-active inspections of our schools.
I have 3 grandchildren at NAE and 1 at PK and am grateful that NAPS decided to conduct this drill no matter what they wore.
Geeeezzz-sometimes you can't please anybody.

gramof6
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gramof6 01/05/13 - 11:58 pm
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more on subject

I have to wonder, if you received the robo call that your child's school was under attack, when you arrived would you be critiquing what these men were wearing as they rushed into the school,risking their lives, to save your child? Somehow,I think not. Now is the time to thank our police chief for his foresight and planning.

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Sean Moores 01/07/13 - 12:05 pm
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@Brad Owens and DawgnSC69

I asked Nikasha to get an answer to your question. Here is the response from North Augusta SWAT Team Commander William Luckey:
"The uniform can be purchased from a multitude of different vendors. Many SWAT teams throughout the nation have chosen this camo pattern for its concealment properties in a wide range of environments. When this pattern was selected it was also used by SLED. There are no restrictions to its use by civilian law enforcement. "

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