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Officers to patrol Greenville Co. elementary schools

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A teacher calls on a student in a Greenville County classroom. (File/FOX Carolina) A teacher calls on a student in a Greenville County classroom. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Off-duty officers will begin patrolling elementary schools and other centers that don't have an on-campus security presence in Greenville County on Tuesday.

School district officials said the officers will be from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and the Greenville and Mauldin police departments.

The officers will patrol schools in defined areas several times each day, but the schedule will vary so routines are not established, officials said. They said the officers will check both the inside and outside of the buildings, monitor school entrances, assess security procedures and provide a visible law enforcement presence each day.

"While school remains one of the safest locations for young people, we must continually evaluate and enhance school security," said Greenville County Schools Superintendent W. Burke Royster.

Royster said the new patrols will be used in conjunction with regular lockdown and safety drills, required visitor sign-in, secure school entries, video monitoring, telephones in classrooms and additional safety training for school staff.

Security breaches or ideas about enhancing the school district's safety procedures can be shared with officials by calling 452-SAFE (864-452-7233).

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