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Increased officer presence aims to improve safety at elementary schools
Riverbend Elementary principal Debra Smith introduces Hall County Deputy Kristi Smith on Wednesday afternoon to a class of third-graders. Deputy Smith is part of an effort by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office to have more of a presence in the elementary schools. Currently elementary schools have no school resource officer.
Patrol Deputy Kristi Smith stopped by Riverbend Elementary School during her shift Wednesday afternoon just to say hello to the teachers, administrators and students. She and other patrol deputies with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office will be spending more time at county elementary schools in an effort to improve school safety. “We’ll be doing it at every elementary school because they do not have a (school resource officer),” said Sgt. Earl Roach, sheriff’s office SRO supervisor.