Asheville & Buncombe Leaders Consider More Officers In Schools
Updated: Thursday, December 20 2012, 07:15 PM EST
The massacre in Newtown, CT prompts Asheville and Buncombe County leaders from law enforcement and school districts to take a closer look at security. Leaders from various agencies met Thursday morning.
Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy says those involved will review current procedures and consider other options including the addition of student resource officers.
"As a mom having three kids in city schools, I wanna make sure they're safe," said Bellamy, who is confident the experts will make the right moves to keep campuses safe.
"And our school superintendents and first responders, they have a plan and they're going to re-evaluate the plan to make sure it's the best," Mayor Bellamy adds.
The addition of SRO's to cover every school would cost about 60 thousand dollars per officer. That's an extra expense that adds up to more than a quarter million dollars for Asheville schools, and about 1.5 million for Buncombe Schools.
Officer Joe Jones, the SRO at Asheville Middle, says the investment is worth it. "It's a big deterrent for crime and violent crimes."
By John Le
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