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Lincoln parent expresses concerns over school safety to City Council

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Lincoln defense attorney Korey Reiman, speaking as a parent at the City Council Monday night, voiced his concern over LPD's ability to respond to potential school shootings.

"You know, we met with Chief Bliemeister when we found out that if there is an event here in Lincoln, the response time is over ten minutes," Reiman said.

He he's one of a group of parents who met with the chief to share their worries over their kids' safety following recent school shootings.

Among the concerns Reiman mentioned Monday night: police response time.

"They have minimal security at my childrens' school," Reiman said.  "And then once that shooter makes it into the building, it's a matter of how quick can LPD report there.  Well, 10 minutes?  He can kill as many people as he wants to."

Reiman said the group would like to see more officers in public schools to help avert potential attacks.

"We are going to work the best that we can with the resources that we're allotted by the citizens of Lincoln in trying to meet the expectations of everybody that works here," Bliemeister said two weeks ago.

Reiman said the parents group understands LPD is too short staffed to place more officers in schools but that Bliemeister told them if there were more officers, LPD would be able to have a presence in schools.

"I ask when that time comes, when Chief Bliemeister asks you for more police officers, to give him what he wants so we can meet the needs of our community," Reiman said.

No word on whether Chief Bliemeister will ask the city for funding to hire more officers.

In the meantime, Reiman said he and the group of parents will attend every City Council and school board meeting.

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