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Richmond County BOE to add two officer to public safety team

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High-fiving students has become a daily routine for Sgt. Adrienne Burns. As an officer for Richmond County School System's Department of School Safety and Security, she has one concern.

"I protect them because when I'm at work they are my kids," Sgt. Burns said. "So I am their mother or their aunt. So I think as that role model I'm supposed to protect them, and I take that to heart when I come to these schools in Richmond County."

Craig Houghton is one of 37 elementary schools Sgt. Burns and her team of six police officers patrol.

After Richard Roundtree and Patrick Clayton left the department to serve sheriff and chief deputy in the Richmond County Sheriff's office, two vacancies opened in the department. And now the school board may fill those positions.

"We have some excellent; some really dedicated officers that really patrol these schools that are looking out for our students," said Venus Cain, president of the Richmond County School Board. "So this is just something to enhance, along with us having a team come in and looking at our safety plans."

 In response to last month's Connecticut Elementary school shooting, school boards across the CSRA are beefing up their security on campus, putting some parents at ease.

"I know they all have safety officers," said Keith Hendry, a Columbia County schools parent. "I think there's one assigned to each of the high schools, to my knowledge, but I know they're visible. We're friends with some of them, so so far it's been good. I don't worry too much."

Columbia County teachers are now supposed to keep their doors locked while school is in session. And in Aiken County deputies stop by schools giving students that extra sense of safety, which is a feeling Sgt. Burns hopes her students have whenever she walks through their school halls. 

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