Ross County officials are trying to improve school security despite budget limitations.
The Ross County Sheriff’s Department is now part of that solution, reported the Chillicothe Gazette.
Two retired Chillicothe Police officers have been hired as deputies and are patrolling schools as part-time resource officers.
“They know we’re here, and I think they are interacting with us well,” said Jim Lowe of the Ross County Sheriff’s Department.
Kevin Claypool and Jim Lowe bring almost 60 years of law enforcement knowledge to county schools where they patrol randomly for maximum effect.
The officers said interaction with kids has been positive.
“It's nice to let the kids know we're their friends. We're not the bad guy or an enemy. If they've got any a problems or anything they can come to us for a little bit of help,” Claypool said.
CrimeTracker 10 asked school officials what type of impact the deputies have had so far, and they said the feedback from students and parents has been positive.
Deputies are also providing tips to schools, like making sure all the employees are wearing their ID badges in the building.
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