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Williamson County Schools To Step Up Security

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by Emily Luxen

FRANKLIN, Tenn.- In light of the recent shootings in Connecticut, officials across Williamson County are working together to ensure students are safe.

Members of several law enforcement departments as well as government leaders presented some ideas to Williamson County School Board members Monday.  While the school district does have a safety plan in place, officials believe it can be improved.

They suggested adding a School Resource Officer (SRO) at each of the county's 23 elementary schools, as well as Middle College High School.  Currently, in addition to the Hillsboro K-8 school, only the 8 middle and high schools have SRO's on duty daily.

Officers will be presenting Williamson County Commissioners with a resolution at their Jan. 14th meeting to provide $1.7 million to help cover the salaries and necessary training for these new SRO's.  Officials believe the simple change can help put concerned parents at ease.

"Law enforcement from across the county is united in efforts to enhance safety of children and staff at every school," said Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long. "We also ask the public to be on the lookout for any suspicious behavior, and notify local authorities."

In addition to the SRO's, police departments will also be stepping up patrols at schools.

"Immediately, you will see an increase presence of our police force at pick up and drop off locations," said Franklin Mayor Ken Moore.  "You will also see more officers patrolling within our schools."

Sheriff Long stated that he hopes with the support of the County Commission, he will be able to start interviewing and hiring candidates for the SRO positions.

The Tennessee Department of Education and Williamson County Schools will also be co-hosting a summit on school safety in January.

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