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Additional resource officer added to Florence schools

City and school leaders are working together in Florence to improve school security. City and school leaders are working together in Florence to improve school security.
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) -

City and school leaders are working together in Florence to improve school security.

The school system plans to add a new school resource officer. The new officer will mean all seven schools in the Florence city school district will have police officers on duty throughout the school day.

Currently one officer splits duty between two elementary schools, but that will all change starting this fall.

School officials said school safety is the number one concern for their students, faculty and staff.

"Parents send their children to us every day entrusting them in our care. I think this is another way we can ensure our public that their children are the most important resource anywhere and that we will do whatever it takes to ensure that not only they reach the academic potential, but also that we provide that safe learning environment for them," said Dr. Janet Womack, superintendent of Florence City Schools.

The Florence City Council and Florence city school district have agreed to split the $55,000 salary to pay the additional officer.

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