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Officers patrol Greenville Co. elementary schools

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An off-duty deputy talks with students at a Spartanburg Co. elementary school students in the cafeteria while on patrol. (File/FOX Carolina) An off-duty deputy talks with students at a Spartanburg Co. elementary school students in the cafeteria while on patrol. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Beginning Tuesday, off-duty officers from the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, the Greenville Police Department, and the Mauldin Police Department will be patrolling Greenville County elementary schools and centers that do not already have an on-campus security presence.

These officers will check the inside and outside of buildings, watch the entrances, and be there as a visible law enforcement presence. They'll also investigate crimes at the school, in addition to creating relationships with the students.

According to the Greenville County Sheriff's Office, these officers will patrol daily, on-routes set-up by zone. This added security will be jointly funded by the school district and the law enforcement agencies.

Lamar Buchanan has grandkids at Greenville County schools, but also knows what it is like on the inside. He's been a teacher there for 28 years and says he welcomes the added security presence.

"In general I would feel more comfortable," Buchanan said. "There's always altercations and it's always been up to the teachers to take care of those situations."

There is also a way for parents to get involved. The district has created an email address, safeandsecure@greenville.k.12.sc.us and a phone number, 452-7233, so parents can report security breaches and also share ideas as how to better school safety in Greenville County.

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