Sterling Heights police, Utica schools partner up for safety

Police chief says officers will be conducting random visits to school campuses, checking in with school officials

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STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - The city of Sterling Heights and Utica Community Schools are partnering up on new safety initiatives on area school campuses.

The new measures include increased security at all UCS schools and enhanced patrols at the district's three junior high schools, and 11 elementary schools in Sterling Heights.

The city's two UCS high schools, Henry Ford II and Stevenson, will continue to be served by school safety officers on their campuses.

"As a result of the recent violence we've seen across the country, myself and Dr. [Christine] Johns, superintendent of Utica Community Schools, had a chance to sit down and draw out some ideas on how we were going to address the situation," said Sterling Heights Police Chief Michael Reese. "What the parents will see if an increased police presence in the schools."

What will happen

  • Sterling Heights police will patrol each school campus
  • The visits will be random and take place twice a day. Officers will also come inside the schools to visit with administrative office staff, get a status report of activities and then walk through the school halls to observe what is taking place inside the school at any given time.
  • Entrances to all schools will be locked
  • The district plans to install a new video security system in the schools