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Metro Police Patrol Valley After CT School Shooting

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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of the victims of the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in remembrance of the victims of the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school Friday.

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police officers worked to reassure the Las Vegas community Friday, calling a press conference to show what they're doing in response to a mass killing at a Connecticut elementary school earlier in the day.

Officers scattered across the valley, in restaurants, movie theatres and shopping centers to make sure people are safe and police are on hand.

In response to the shooting, which left 20 children and seven others, including the gunman, dead, officers were also making sure there was a heightened presence in area private and public schools.

The officers went out to every school Friday to check on students and speak with staff.

Metro officers said they aren't just driving by schools; instead, they are going inside to make sure everything was in order.

Officers have specialized training to handle situations like mass shootings.

Metro Deputy Chief Kevin McMahill said the public should remain vigilant, even as officers canvass the valley.

"The bottom line is that the police can't be everywhere all of the time," he said. "But as the citizens are out there, they can be the eyes and ears of the police. What I would tell the community is that if you see something that just doesn't look right, call us."

Copycat crimes are a concern, according to police.

McMahill said if you see something that isn't right, tell the police.

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