Sheriff David Soward announced last week that the Sheriff’s Office will implement ‘Operation Safe School’ this week as area students head off for the first day of the school year. Sheriff Soward stated that the safety of the county’s school kids is top priority. “Although we have made our presence at the schools in past years, we will be stepping it up this year,” the sheriff explained. “My officers will be assisting school district police and school resource officers at all the county schools throughout the school year.”
Part of Operation School Safe will consist of multiple uniformed deputies being present on the school campuses the first few days of school assiting with traffic, patrolling parking lots and walking the campuses to provide added security. The sheriff stated this will be accomplished by bringing in extra deputies on those days. Sheriff Soward also stated that throughout the year, patrol deputies as well as unmarked sheriff’s investigators will be dropping in and patrolling the parking lots and school perimeter at random times during the day.
“You’ll never know when we are going to be present,” the Sheriff said. Deputies will also assist at football games and make periodical visits at Volleyball, Basketball and Baseball and Softball games.
Sheriff Soward continued by stating he will continue a 40 plus year practice of sheriff’s deputies escorting band, flag and cheer busses to all of the out of county football games. “We want to assure these students are protected on the road and be there to provide assistance in case there is an unexpected problem.
“I also want to remind parents and students both, if you see something or hear something, SAY SOMETHING.