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Greenville Police will patrol schools without resource officers

By Jaime McCutcheon
Published On: Feb 01 2013 03:33:49 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 01 2013 08:24:31 PM CST
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Greenville Police officers started patrols for their Adopt-A-School Program.  Officers will patrol elementary schools in the city that do not have a full-time school resource officer.

Greenville Police Sgt. Joe Friday says the C-PLATOON officers thought it would be a good idea if each patrol officer could spend a little time each day doing foot patrols at the schools since SROs are not assigned to them.  The officers could spend a lunch break there and use it as a chance to get to know the students and staff at each elementary school.

Sgt. Friday says as time permits, the officers will also be around the schools during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up times.  The officers also plan to be visible at extra-curricular activities like school assemblies and sporting events.

Greenville officers have been paired up with the following elementary schools: S. Greenville Elementary, Oakwood School, Lake Forrest Elementary, Wahl Coates Elementary, Eastern Elementary, Wintergreen Elementary and Elmhurst Elementary.

The Adopt-A-School Program, which is designed to complement the department's area policing plan, is an effort to give the students and staff at Greenville elementary schools a continuing sense of security.