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SRO training begins in Brunswick County

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BRUNWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Leaders in Brunswick County are taking action in response to the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

Parents will now see an armed deputy at any and every elementary school in the county when they drop off or pick up their child.

Training for the new school resource officers began Monday and is expected to wrap up within the next few days. Right now, the deputies are spending their time learning the layout of the schools and meeting with staff and students.

Those with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office say the mere presence of a law enforcement car outside a school can go a long way.

"Any school - I feel like they need to have a presence of law enforcement," explained Sgt. Del Routh. "It just enhances the security and the safety of that campus for the teachers, students and it gives the parents a sense of calm knowing there's an officer here protecting their children."

The ultimate goal in Brunswick County is to get the SROs also certified in the DARE program. This way they will not only be protecting students, but also educating them on drug abuse prevention.

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