Mehlville School District to add more police officers to staff

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Posted on January 11, 2013 at 9:50 PM

MEHLVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- The Mehlville School District plans to add several more police officers to its staff in an effort to increase security, according to district officials.

Dr. Eric Knost, superintendent of Mehlville Schools, says the district now has seven full-time resource officers, with 24 more availalbe to work overtime shifts. Dr. Knost says Mehlville Schools will add four part-time resource officers, with salaries pulled from the current budget.

"We just have to look at things and move a little from here, and a little from there," said Dr. Knost. "But when it comes to the safety of our students and our staff, that's a priority."

Dr. Knost admits that no plan is foolproof, and that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary could happen anywhere.

"If you're an educator, you've been in situations that Sandy Hook was experiencing just five minutes before the tragedy," said Dr. Knost. "Just a regular day, kids in a classroom...it's the reality of it all that affects us."

The part-time officers are scheduled to work four hours a day during peak times, and will focus on the district's elementary schools.

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