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Tempe police go back to school to look out for kids' safety

(KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tempe elementary, middle and high schools are back in session this week and police officers will be doing everything they can to keep children safe.

As part of the police department's Back to School safety campaign over the next several weeks, motorcycle officers will be focusing on vehicular traffic, pedestrian safety, and speeding violations around schools.

Lt. Scott Smith said officers will be providing a visible uniformed presence on and around campuses.

"The additional police presence is intended to provide a deterrent to anyone with criminal intent, and is a reminder to slow down. Pay attention to the surroundings and no texting behind the wheel," Smith said.

The public can report suspicious behavior spotted near schools by calling 480-350-8311.

About the Author

Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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