DARTMOUTH — Dartmouth police will be increasing their presence at the town's schools for the rest of the school year in response to last week's tragic school massacre in Uvalde, Texas.

A message from Dartmouth Police Chief Brian Levesque posted to the department's Facebook page on Wednesday evening alerted community members to the plan.

Levesque noted that officers and School Resource Officers have decided to ramp up police presence at Dartmouth schools.

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"Though no local threats have been received, this decision was made out of an abundance of caution for both the physical and mental well-being of the students, parents, and staff alike," the chief wrote.

He added, "It goes without saying, that the safety of Dartmouth's children is our top priority!"

The decision comes after a letter from Westport Schools Superintendent Thomas Aubin on Tuesday notified parents in the neighboring town that each school will have a police officer on staff for the rest of the year.

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