Iberville Sheriff's dept. hiring on more deputies to protect, patrol schools

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 7:48pm

After viewing school shooting tragedy's from afar, Iberville Parish authorities and school leaders are taking precautions closer to home to ensure their students never end up in that situation.

"We met with the school board and the school superintendent a couple of times and we put together a plan to put some more resource officers in to the schools. The plan that we're coming up with is going to have a resource officer in all the schools," Sheriff Brett Stassi, explained.

One officer is already at Plaquemine High School, Principal Chandler Smith said since the officer started discipline issues have gone down 30%.

"I treat this school like it's my neighborhood so I patrol it, make sure it's secure, make sure everybody's safe," Deputy James Washington explained.

"It's a great benefit to me and my faculty, and for our student’s safety. So I am happy to see that's going to other schools," Smith added.

The school board and the Sheriff's office have to pay for the three new resource officer positions they are making available. Students like Whitney Lee believe those extra dollars spent are all worth it.

"Principals can't make it to every situation and by having a resource officer here you have somebody else on duty to assist it. If the principal can't do it then somebody else is here to be the back up. It makes you really feel safe," Lee added.

All three new resource officers will be in Iberville schools by the end of the month. The school board and the Sheriff’s department are sharing the cost it will take to create the three new positions.

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