Northern York School District will have the benefit of an increased police presence in the hallways from now on.

Carroll Township Police Chief Sean Kapfhammer said he has told his officers to make a foot patrol stop at one of the district's schools part of their daily routine.

Kapfhammer said the joint decision was made with the district administration in light of the Sandy Hook shooting and as part of a general concern for student safety.

Since the patrols will be part of the officers' regular patrol, it won't cost anything extra, the chief said.

Northern York does not have a school resource officer, a specially trained police officer who patrols schools, Kapfhammer said, and police coverage had been on a case-by-case basis.

This will give Northern better, more regular coverage.

"Maybe if (criminals) see the police cars out front, it might serve as a deterrent," he said.

-- Reach Andrew Shaw at ashaw@yorkdispatch.com