Milford police will maintain a presence at Milford schools in the coming days to help children feel safe as they enter and leave school. Police Chief Keith Mello said the department posted uniformed officers at Milford\u2019s schools Friday as the news of the tragic shooting in Newtown unfolded. The department will take the same steps this week, and will have uniformed officers visible as school begins and ends. \u201cWe are there as a reassurance,\u201d Mello said. \u201cWe want kids to feel safe.\u201d He couldn\u2019t say how long police will be posted at the schools. \u201cAs long as we need to,\u201d Mello said. The nation feels a need to be reassured, and that message was echoed in speeches made at vigils in Newtown, Milford and many other communities since Friday. The shooting that took place is the \u201cantithesis of what we as educators commit to \u2014 to teach our kids in a safe environment,\u201d School Supt. Dr. Elizabeth Feser said as she spoke to a crowd at a Milford City Hall prayer vigil Sunday evening. In Newtown later Sunday night, President Barack Obama talked about the shootings that have unsettled the nation and left children, and their parents, shaken. \u201cIf there\u2019s even one step we can take to save another child or another parent or another town from the grief that\u2019s visited Tucson and Aurora and Oak Creek and Newtown and communities from Columbine to Blacksburg before that, then surely we have an obligation to try,\u201d the president said. \u201cIn the coming weeks, I\u2019ll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens, from law enforcement, to mental health professionals, to parents and educators, in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this, because what choice do we have? We can\u2019t accept events like this as routine.\u201d Milford increased security at all of its schools after the Columbine shootings in 1999, and Chief Mello said he believes the city\u2019s schools are safe. People cannot enter without being buzzed into the building, and staff is trained on how to react in an emergency. \u201cBut we would be remiss if we didn\u2019t continue to look at what\u2019s in place and we will continue to do that,\u201d Mello said.