More deputies patrol Ascension Parish schools
DUTCHTOWN - More Ascension Parish deputies will patrol schools in the district soon.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has extra deputies shadowing current school resource officers as they patrol school buildings, part of a program that will boost the number of deputies watching over students to 16.
"Now you will have at least 16, if not more officers, that will be able to go to [our schools] and know where the trouble spot is, they'll know it like the back of their hand," said Lt. Col. Bobby Webre, with APSO.
The additional security takes much needed weight off teachers and staff, allowing them to focus on the students.
"I think a teacher's primary focus on campus is academics," said Dutchtown High Principal Edith Walker, "the connection of using APSO gives us the best of both worlds, our teachers can focus on academics and the sheriff's department can focus on keeping us safe."
The new resource officers will start rotating between middle schools and primary schools and begin full shifts at high schools starting in the fall.