Sheriff, superintendent discuss plan to get officers in school

(Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV)

CROSS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A superintendent and a sheriff in one area county are discussing a partnership to get school resource officers in the district.

If the logistics are worked out, they hope to get the officers into the schools as early as the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

Cross County Superintendent Nathan Morris and Cross County Sheriff J. R. Smith both said this is still in the preliminary stages.

They say there is a lot to work out in terms of funding.

But, having an SRO in the schools would increase not only safety but also help with day-to-day functions.

"Another set of eyes to see what's going on, another helping hand within the school, a partner for the school and for the students," Morris said.

Morris said there are a lot of moving parts to this, even working to get an officer specialized training.

So, the timeline is not set in stone.

But they are moving forward in this process.

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