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Law enforcement at elementary schools starting Thursday


When Alachua county public school resumes tomorrow, there will be something new at elementary schools.  The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and the Gainesville Police Department will have a deputy or officer in each elementary school.   Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Forrest Smith talked with Sheriff’s Information Officer Art Forgey about how this new program will be implemented, and what students, parents and teachers will be seeing.

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The elementary schools in the city limits of Gainesville will be staffed by GPD.  Outside the city limits sheriff’s office deputies will staff the schools.



About Forrest Smith

Forrest is a radio news manager for WUFT News. Reach him by emailing news@wuft.org or calling 352-392-6397.

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  • That is great. It is the only way to deal with in-school attacks. I hope they are going to receive special training and even counseling on how to deal with the fact that if something like Sandy Hook should occur, they will be dealing sometimes with children attacking children. That could cause any law enforcement distress and even mental anguish on the job over time.