Sheriff looks for more officers in Lee County School District

The Lee County School District may soon see more school resource officers on campuses.

Posted: May 21, 2018 10:27 AM
Updated: May 21, 2018 7:06 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Lee County School District may soon see more school resource officers on campuses.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson appeared before the county's Board of Supervisors Monday morning where he requested funding for more school resource officers.

Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson (left) and Lee County School Sup. Jimmy Weeks (right)

Lee County School District Superintendent Jimmy Weeks also spoke before the board.

In a statement from Johnson, he asked the Board of Supervisors to approve funding for six officers.

He says the Lee County School Board agreed to pay half of the total cost for the officers. He hopes the Board of Supervisors will do the same.

"The safety of our school staff and our students are my top priority," Sheriff Johnson stated. "With school violence on the rise, it is more important than ever that we show that we are all doing as much as possible to keep our schools safe. Safety comes at a price but to ignore this issue will come with a greater price that I'm not willing to pay."

The Board of Supervisors has taken the matter under advisement, but Board President Mike Smith says he supports the notion.

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