New Hamilton County SROs still need training before start of school

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Hamilton County Board of Education approved funding for seven new school resource officers back in April, but you might not see those new officers on patrol come the first day of school.

On August 8th, school in Hamilton County will be back in session. But the elementary schools are still waiting for school resource officers on their campuses.

“Just as important as the older kids,” Hamilton County Diane Hintz said. “I mean, just look at the shootings, they’ve been in every school, elementary through high school.”

That’s a main reason why the school board allotted half a million dollars for seven new officers.

“We hope and pray that nothing ever happens,” school board chariman Dr. Steve Highlander “But if it does, we want to be as prepared as we possibly can be.”

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department has hired three, and is looking for four additional officers, who will be trained for placement in a county school. But the vetting process and specialized training won’t happen overnight, according to the department.

“It’s going to take time,” Hamilton County Sheriff’s Captain Sean Shepherd said. “But we’re going to find the absolute best so that there’s no issues as we transition into the program as it gets off the ground.”

New hires must go through an additional 40-hour training before receiving placement. And Captain Shepherd says he hopes the three officers just hired can complete that training and start in the schools by mid-fall.

“It makes me feel great for the kids and the safety for the kids,” Hamilton County resident Jim Young. “I know when I went to school we didn’t have the issues we have now, but I think it would be great for Hamilton County schools.”

Hamilton County Sheriff is still looking to fill those four newly added positions as well as two other vacancies. Anyone interested is encouraged to apply on the Hamilton County Sheriff’s website.

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