SW Ohio deputies start daily checks at schools

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Sheriff's deputies have begun daily stops at schools in a southwest Ohio county in an effort to increase safety.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says the Operation Safe School program started this week in the county just north of Cincinnati. A deputy will stop by each school in his or her geographical area every school day.

Media outlets report that Operation Safe School applies to about 30 schools and includes elementary, middle and high schools. Sheriff's officials say the visits will be done at random times during the day.

A Lakota Schools spokesman said that district welcomes the effort and believes the presence of law enforcement in schools is a benefit.

Jones says the effort will continue the rest of the school year and then be re-evaluated.

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