Start of school Wednesday is challenge for police

The start of the public school year always is one of confusion, traffic jams, crying kindergartners and even a few weeping mothers.

Wednesday will be no different as traffic police, Fuerza Pública officers and others try to keep the youngsters safe. There even will be police dogs out to sniff out contraband.

More than 3,000 police officers will be involved in school security throughout the year, said the Fuerza Pública Monday. Among other duties they will be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles.

There also are the presentations that the police make in the schools. The anti-drug DARE program is one of these. Police said they expect to reach 112,000 youngsters with the program this year. Some 40,000 more will be briefed on personal security.

If the coming school year is like the last one, police expect to make about 800 entries into schools in search of drugs, they said.

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