The Los Angeles Unified School District has hired more than 750 of the 1,000 security aides it decided to employ after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.
The aides, equipped with radios, keep watch during school hours, reporting potential threats and other problems to administrators, said district spokesman Tom Waldman.
In January, the district announced it would spend about $4 million to hire just over 1,000 aides. The move followed the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary in December.
After the shooting, L.A. Unified's police force and law enforcement partners increased their presence and patrols around campuses to ease fear and anxiety. That additional presence has continued, Waldman said.