ASCENSION PARISH, LA (FOX44) — The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office and the Ascension Parish School Board have been working on a plan to revamp school security. Today, that plan was put into action.
Sixteen new school security officers got to work. The deputies have been shadowing the current school resource officers and learning about the schools.
"It means a lot that we have the support of the Sheriff's Office to make sure our students are safe," said Dutchtown High School principal Edith Walker.
Dutchtown High School has over 2,000 students; Walker said that those students are now in good hands.
"What we have let them know is that we're taking the necessary steps to make sure our students are safe on our campus," noted Principal Walker.
While these deputies are highly-trained and prepared, they are now learning their duties at each campus in order to serve the students.
"Currently we have the School Resource Officer Program, and we wanted to expand on that. After the Sandy Hook incident, we wanted to create program that concentrated more on safety and security, inside and outside the schools," said Ascension Parish Sheriff Col. Bobby Webre.
The current school resource officers will teach these new school security deputies the ropes. “They (current SROs) have familiarity with the primary school campuses and middle schools, which is one of the big advantages of this program,” noted Col. Webre.
After only one school day, Principal Walker says she is thrilled to that this idea blossomed into a real program with real results.
“They seem very acclimated and very comfortable with our campus. Our students are responding positively - it’s a great transition taking place," said Principal Walker.
The new SROs officially begin working actively on the campuses at the beginning of the next school year.