UPDATE: Deputies in Schools for Security

By: Brooks Jarosz, Jennifer Rizzi Email
By: Brooks Jarosz, Jennifer Rizzi Email

UPDATE 2/12/13 @ 7 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Deputies in Kanawha County are taking a proactive approach to school security.

A new program was launched to make deputies visible at all schools.

"We hope to create high visibility at these school that would hopefully act as a deterrent," Cpl. B.D. Humphreys said. "We have kids in these schools, and it matters to us just as it matters to everybody else out there."

Extra protection was out in force at Ruthlawn Elementary School Tuesday. Nearly $30,000 was forked over from the Kanawha County Commission to insure not just safety, but preparation.

"You know that's our children's safety, and to me, I think whatever we need to do to protect them we need to do," parent Chanim Krivony said. "I think it would give all parents more peace of mind."

Deputies were talking with students and teachers about how to respond in an emergency and how to make the school more secure.

Above all, letting them know that they're there to be a friend to listen, respond and help.

"It's just building a better relationship and so hopefully that will be fostered and nurtured throughout their adulthood," Principal Natalie Laliberty said.

The Sheriff's Department is also working with principals to come up with school plans for protection.

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KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) --In response to school violence across the nation, Kanawha County is amplifying safety efforts with a new program that places sheriff's deputies in schools.

The county commission designated $30,000 to fund the program, which kicks off next week. Deputies will randomly visit every school throughout the county to train staff and students on emergency preparedness.

They'll talk about how to respond if an emergency strikes, along with addressing how to keep the building secure.

"We hope to make over 200 visits to schools throughout the county by the end of the school year," Sheriff John Rutherford said.

Deputies wouldn't say exactly what the training involves to avoid compromising school safety.

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