Carthage Schools Get OK To Have Police Presence


Students attending West Carthage Elementary and Carthage's middle and high schools could soon be seeing additional police presence.

The schools have just received permission from the town of Champion to have West Carthage police patrol the schools.

The district has not had a school resource officer for three years due to state budget cuts.

School and community leaders say the added security will be great for the students.

"After speaking to some parents and one of our police officers, the village board extended the offer to the school after the recent shootings," said West Carthage Mayor Scott Burto.

'It's just peace of mind to know that the police department is familiar with our facilities in case there's an emergency," said District Superintendent Peter Turner.

According Burto, West Carthage police will be available to visit the schools during their regular work hours.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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