Ross Co. Deputies to Patrol Schools
Updated: Thursday, March 7 2013, 07:51 PM EST
ROSS COUNTY -- After the school shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, one Sheriff's Office isn't taking any changes.
The Ross County Sheriff's Office has hired two part-time resource deputies to patrol random elementary, middle and high schools in the county.
Deputy James Lowe and Deputy Kevin Claypool are both retired Chillicothe Police officers and each have nearly three decades of law enforcement experience. On any given day, they can be seen walking school hallways.
The Ross County Sheriff's Office hopes the random patrols will give students and staff a sense of security and discourage an active shooter.
Both deputies are armed and trained in case an event happens. Since the Connecticut shooting, many Ross County schools, like Unioto Elementary School, keep their doors locked during the day. Visitors must be buzzed in by the front office.
Knowing many school districts have limited budges, the Ross County Sheriff's Office hired the two deputies.
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