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Police to patrol Williamson Co. elementary schools

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FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

For the first time ever, Williamson County will have police officers patrolling the halls in all 23 of its elementary schools. They already have school resource officers in their middle and high schools.

The move is in response to the Connecticut elementary school shooting Friday, and is expected to cost $1.7 million just through the end of the year.

The sworn officers will report to Sheriff Jeff Long.

"Today's world is a different world, with the acts that have taken place across the country in the last few years. Children are our most precious product, and the safety of those children is the No. 1 concern," Long said.

The school resource officers will be hired as soon as the county can find people who are post-certified and pass background checks. The county commission will be asked to authorize the expense, which will be paid for out of general services funds, at its Jan. 14 meeting.

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