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Collierville beefing up school security?

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Collierville Alderman Billy Patton is pushing for more security in the town's elementary schools.

He's asking for more resource officers so that each of the five elementary schools has its own fulltime officer.

Alderman Patton said he's been bombarded by concerned parents, curious about how safe their children are at school. He says he's not only speaking out on behalf of constituents, but also for himself, as a concerned father.

Patton says he'll propose the measure at next month's budget meeting. 

"We have to get officers that cover five elementary schools and I believe by adding an extra officer, or three officers so we would have one at each school that will show stewardship, safety and service which is our motto in Collierville," the alderman said.

Collierville currently has five fulltime resource officers: one at the high school, one at both the middle schools and two that float around daily at the town's five elementary schools. Patton's plans of adding three more officers would mean a fulltime police officer assigned to every school.

Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner says he's already looking into how much the additional officers would cost and says it's a top priority.

"I know (Police) Chief (Larry) Goodwin is already looking at those numbers so we could take it up in a work-session prior to a board meeting," Mayor Joyner said.

"These would be officers that have probably been with our department for several years and we would replace them with new recruits," Alderman Patton added.

The goal was for these three resource officers to be added for next school year the alderman said,  but Mayor Joyner told FOX13 News he thinks they might be ready to go by the end of this school year.

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