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Police not worried about recent school lockdowns

'We always err on the side of caution with regards to student safety along with the school boards'
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The North Bay Police Chief says he is not concerned about safety issues in North Bay area schools. 

Police have responded to three lockdowns in local high schools since October 30.  

See related: Chippewa Secondary School faces another lockdown

The last incident at Chippewa Secondary School on Monday led to concealed weapons charges.  

"Working with the various schools in North Bay, we always err on the side of caution with regards to student safety along with the school boards," Chief Tod told the media after Tuesday's monthly Police Board meeting.  

"I don't think the last three school closures that we have had in regards to lockdowns have been any indication what is to come in the future but I do think it is a heightened sense of awareness of what safety is for students by either the teachers, the staff, and the students.

Tod believes access to information quickly plays a part such as police receiving tips through social media. 

"So I think when there is an increased opportunity for information, we share it and that often leads to a quick and rapid examination of the facts and the school lockdown process going into place," said Tod. 

On November 4, West Ferris Secondary School was put into lockdown due to a trespasser seen on the property, while Chippewa also had a hold and secure back on October 30 relating to an incident involving a student.  

Back on September 23, another incident involving a student falling down a flight of stairs led to a Hold and Secure at Chippewa Secondary School.  

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