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Updated Jan 24, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Phoenix-area police put substation at grade school

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Police and school officials in a northwest Valley suburb are teaming up to provide a police presence and visibility at an elementary school.

The Goodyear Police Department has set up a substation at Mabel Padgett Elementary School. The school is part of the Litchfield Elementary School District.

Goodyear Police Chief Jerry Geier said placing the substation at the school is a pilot program that's a proactive approach in response to school violence nationwide.

Geier said officers will use the substation to make calls and write reports during their shifts. He also said it will allow officers to interact with students in a positive manner.

The substation is the idea of Gina De Coste, the principal of Mabel Padgett Elementary.

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