New School Resource Officer for Henry County

By: Cynthia Washington
By: Cynthia Washington

Henry County schools are being proactive when it comes to safety.
Soon, a new school resource officer will be patrolling the district.

"We are just excited about the partnership and it's going to be great thing and it's going to bring more excitement to the position and more collaboration between the sheriffs department and us working our schools to provide security," said Lesa Knowles, superintendent of Henry County Schools.

The Henry County Sheriff's Department has already taken steps to make the campuses safer.

"The sheriff's department is already working in our schools practicing security measures they have a team that practiced in our schools and it has gone really well training they provide training to each of our schools on security measures," said Knowles.

The position is about more than just patrolling.

"I think the students enjoy the camaraderie with the resource officer, he is more than a security guard he walks around with the students, he counsels the students, he's there to help them with whatever need they may have," said Vohn Enlone, assistant principal of Headland High School.

Parents are also excited for the new level of security.

"I have four children in the Henry County school system, two on campus here and I'm excited about it just to have more safety more security here and I know other parents will have the same feeling," said Enlone.

"Everyone is in board when it came out we were partnering with the commission we got calls saying thank you we feel like it is a great partnership for everyone involved," said Knowles.

There is a part-time officer in Abbeville and starting next week, a full-time officer in Headland.

Headland's new resource officer has gone through several trainings including D.A.R.E.

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