Rhea Co. Commission unanimously approves funds for 4 more school resource officers
UPDATE (Tuesday, March 20):
On Tuesday, the Rhea County Commission voted unanimously 9 to 0 to fund an additional four school resource officers (SROs) to the county's schools, making it so each of the schools has an SRO and Rhea County High has two.
Rhea County Sheriff Mike Neal says this is only one of the steps they are taking to safeguard children.
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PREVIOUSLY (Tuesday, March 13):
The Rhea County Sheriff's Office (RCSO) announced Tuesday that Sheriff Mike Neal and Director of Schools Jerry Levengood have asked the county commission an additional four school resource officers (SROs).
With this additional support, the RCSO says they would be able to have an officer at each of the county middle and elementary schools: Frazier Elementary, Graysville Elementary, Rhea Central Elementary, Rhea County Middle, Spring City Elementary, and Spring City Middle.
Two officers would be at Rhea County High School.
The RCSO says they are also working to continually improve and train school personnel to respond to intruders and active shooter situations.
Other counties have announced safety measures in response to the deadly shooting at a Florida high school last month.
The Bradley County Sheriff's Office will assign personnel to security booths directly in front of both Bradley Central High School and Walker Valley High School.
Catoosa County will add five SROs to public schools in the county.