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Franklin Co. sheriff estimates cost of adding school officers

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WINCHESTER, TN (WSMV) -

Another Middle Tennessee sheriff is joining the discussion on how to best keep schools safe following the elementary school shooting earlier this month in Newtown, CT.

Franklin County Sheriff Tim Fuller said he is so serious about adding armed officers at every school, he and other county leaders have already figured out how much it would cost.

"To say that it won't happen in rural Tennessee is just really sticking your head in the sand," Fuller said.

Fuller believes putting armed school resources officers at every school would cost the county about $500,000 the first year and $410,000 the second year.

But, he said the students' safety should be the priority.

"The safety of our children is paramount," Fuller said. "You can't place a price tag on their future. You just can't, and I know it's expensive."

Now, Franklin County employs four school resource officers, but the sheriff said his goal is to hire eight more officers as soon as possible.

"I feel like it's time," he said.

Fuller and Franklin County Schools Director Dr. Rebecca Sharber plan to present their findings next month to the county finance department.

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