Columbus City Schools to add 31 more unarmed officers

Columbus City Schools bus (WBNS-10TV)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's largest school district is adding 31 more unarmed security officers for the upcoming school year, meaning some elementary schools and administrative buildings will have dedicated officers for the first time.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Columbus City Schools will spend $1.7 million to boost its safety staff to 84 officers.

The district's safety and security director, Chris Ward, says expanding that staff means they can interact and build trust with more students and respond faster in emergencies.

It also means the district will have one security officer for every 595 students. Last year, that ratio was one per 943 students.

The district's high schools also have 19 armed school resource officers, who are funded jointly with the city police department.