New School Resource Officers Approved In Williamson County
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn.- One local county is now one step closer to have extra officers guarding each school.
At a meeting held Wednesday night three Williamson County committees met to consider a new proposal to hire 33 new School Resource Officers. In the wake of the devastating school shooting in Connecticut officials determined their school safety plan could be improved by adding more officers.
The Williamson County Finance and Education Committees gave the green light for the proposal to go before the full County Commission. The plan calls for additional officers in 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. The Franklin Special School District will also get eight new officers.
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. The funding to hire the new officers will come from the general county fund and any unused funds will be returned.
The Tennessee Department of Education and Williamson County Schools will also be co-hosting a summit on school safety later this month.