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Every Greeneville City school now has a police officer

6:48 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
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On the first day back from winter break, Greeneville students had a new classmate of sorts: a police officer.

Starting Monday, the Greeneville Police Department will put an officer in every school in the district, in hopes of increasing security.

"It was a joint community decision of 'what can we do?' 'what is reasonable to do?' and 'what is prudent to do?" said director of schools, Dr. Linda Stroud.

In the past, only one school resource officer, or S.R.O., was at Greeneville High School, and another rotated patrols at the remaining five elementary and middle schools.

Dr. Stroud said this stems from the Newtown shooting in December.

"(I) believe that we are at the point in our society where we can no longer play the odds. We have to be responsible as communities to take the appropriate steps for our children," she said.

However, this could be short-term, according to police chief Terry Cannon. He said he wants to add four officers, and retain the two other S.R.O.s, to have constant school presence.

"Do a temporary fix until the board can look at it and decide if they want to put more money in this and if we can do this permanently," said Chief Cannon.

A meeting will be held January 15 where the Greeneville mayor, alderman, and council can review that request.

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