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More Police In Atlanta Schools

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File photo of Atlanta police officers. (credit: STEVE SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of Atlanta police officers. (credit: STEVE SCHAEFER/AFP/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta school board has approved having at least one full-time Atlanta Police Department officer patrolling the halls of every middle school and high school.

Deputy Superintendent Larry Hoskins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the police will build relationships with students and work to identify discipline problems before they become criminal matters.

The 55 officers will replace a less organized group of about 235 part-time, off-duty officers who moved from school to school and didn’t always work full school days.

Sgt. Gregory Lyon said the permanent officers will be like police working a beat, except their beat will be a school instead of a neighborhood.

The 55 officers will be distributed among 30 schools, and the officers will be required to go through training on how to work with students.

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