I've been thinking about ensuring safety in our elementary schools ["Gun control options emerge," News, Jan. 11].

Would it be possible for the police to designate elementary schools as transfer points for police patrols? I see them switch shifts at firehouses, where they use the facilities and grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat. Can we provide them a similar room and facilities in our elementary schools?

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Housing some police administrative functions in our schools might also prove beneficial, such as 911 telephone operations, Crime Stoppers and personnel offices.

This isn't an answer to preventing tragedies and assaults, but it might prove to be a deterrent and could let our police have a presence in kids' lives.

Jim Welsh, Smithtown