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40 school resource officers being added to Lee County Schools

By Staff | Mar 21, 2018

When Lee County’s public school students return to class from spring break on Monday, 40 additional school resource officers will be on patrol.

Lee County Undersheriff Carmine Marceno made the announcement in a joint news conference with the School District of Lee County on Tuesday.

The Sheriff’s Office Youth Services Division will grow to 100 members by immediately reassigning supervisors, lieutenants, sergeants and patrol deputies.

“Our goal is to have a deputy assigned to each and every school as quickly as possible,” Marceno said.

School district officials hailed the staffing program

“I am humbled, I am honored and I am deeply appreciative of the efforts of this team, because through their efforts our children are going to be safer in Lee County,” Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins said.

The Sheriff’s Office is also increasing its presence at Lee County Schools by directing:

Patrol deputies to use school facilities to complete reports

Detectives to use school facilities as a base of operations whenever possible

Patrol deputies to increase their already frequent area checks of schools during every shift

“I want that omnipresence,” Undersheriff Marceno said. “I want people to see our deputies everywhere possible, as much as possible and as often as possible.”

The School District of Lee County and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office are choosing the use of additional School Resource Officers to meet the requirements of SB7026, “The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act,” officials said.

“They’re a proven entity for us. Student safety is our number one concern, and I as a superintendent certainly want to go somewhere I know I can depend on, and that would be the Sheriff’s Office,” , Adkins said.

The full news conference with Superintendent Adkins, Undersheriff Marceno, School Board Chair Cathleen Morgan and State Legislature and Lee County Commission officials an be seen on the School District’s Facebook page at:www.facebook.com/schooldistrictofleecounty/videos/1724137444311372/

Source” School District of Lee County