ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – Many high schools have paid police resource officers on patrol, But after the heartbreaking tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a new idea for adding security for young kids without intimidating them at school was created.
The program, which started in other states, has come to one Northeast Ohio community.
Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman brought the Cops on Patrol in Schools program to the school system in January.
Stillman chose four day shift police officers, who are also parents, for this new program that started in some western states after Sandy Hook.
When the officers have no calls, they make unscheduled visits to the elementary and middle school throughout the day.
After stopping by the principal’s office, the officers just walk the school, visit classrooms, the cafeteria and talk to students from kindergarten and up.
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