Florence library gets off-duty officer

Florence library gets off-duty officer

FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - In an effort to make the community safe, the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library will now have an off-duty officer to help improve security.

In the past several months, library director Abbey Carpenter said library employees have found drug paraphernalia and other drug-related items in the restrooms as well as outside of the building.

"We want everyone in our community to visit the library. We do have to make sure a code of conduct is in place and that people follow the rules when there at the library," said Carpenter.

Carpenter said especially during the summer months, people like to use the library to beat the heat and stay cool. But some aren't following the rules, and having an officer present will help enforce the library's code of conduct.

The officer is funded partially through the city, county and the library.

The officer will be on duty through the end of the year.

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