For the new school year, Marietta City Schools will add two school resource officers for elementary schools in addition to the current three school resource officers at Marietta High and Middle Schools. AJC file photo

Marietta elementary schools to be monitored by police officers

For the first time, two school resource officers from the Marietta Police Department will serve only in Marietta’s elementary schools - thanks in part to a federal grant.

The 2017 COPS Hiring Grant will provide a portion of their pay during the 2019-20 school year which also can be renewed for the 2020-21 school year.

“Even though we can’t assign one officer per elementary school, we are taking some very proactive steps with the School System to dedicate officers to all age groups,” said Marietta Police Sgt. David Baldwin of the Community Response Unit.

Marietta Police Public Information Officer Chuck McPhilamy said in an email to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Historically, we have had three SRO positions” - two assigned to Marietta High School and one to Marietta Middle School.

Also, an armed Marietta Police officer is a full-time teacher at Marietta High School but not considered a school resource officer, Baldwin noted.

Information: marietta-city.org/page/847

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