TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -Good news for Tuscaloosa City Schools, they’re getting more school resource officers.
For the first time ever, all Tuscaloosa City elementary schools will have a police presence. In the past they did not.
Each Tuscaloosa city school is getting a resource officer from the budget approved for 2019. 10 additional retired officers or officers with law enforcement experience will be hired to help protect the elementary schools in the city. Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson said it will be well worth it to help protect students and faculty at all the schools.
“It will hopefully be a deterrent first of all, but if it’s not a deterrent it will at least mitigate some of what the damage is done from an individual that might want to attack one of our schools,” said Anderson.
The officers will cost $368,000 out of the city’s $210 million budget.