Limestone County Sheriff Helps Patrol Schools

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Limestone County is looking to add a school resource officer at every school in the county.

But until that happens, employees at the Sheriff’s office are stepping in to stop by schools and check on them. And that includes the top officer in the county. Sheriff Mike Blakely is now taking time when he can to patrol schools like Creekside Elementary.

“Here in Limestone County I feel our schools are for the most part safe,” says Blakely. “But anything we can do to enhance our safety for students there at those schools, harden the targets that someone might be looking at to do some stupid act, such as what happened in Connecticut, we’re going to do anything we can to prevent it.”

Right now it’s in the works to hire more school resource officers. The challenge is finding the funding for those officers. The Sheriff’s Office and Board of Education are working with the County Commission to try and make that happen.

There are currently seven full time school resource officers at the county high schools and one tech school.

Officers and reserve officers from the Sheriff's Department are also helping patrol elementary schools until a permanent solution is put in place.