Task Force On Safer Schools Considers More Security, Officers In Schools

There's talk of more funding for school resource officers and heightened security in our schools.

As part of a statewide tour, the Chairman of the Governor's Task Force on Safer Schools visited a local school on Friday.

Jones County Sheriff Danny Heath invited Chairman Chip Hughes to check out Jones Senior High School.

Hughes and Heath discussed possible additional funding for SRO's, otherwise known as School Resource Officers. SRO's are deputies under the sheriff's command.

Hughes also spoke about making schools a "harder" target as opposed to a soft target, which is what our schools are considered now. That includes more safety features, including bulletproof glass, additional video cameras, and enhanced locks.

Hughes said rural schools pose a unique challenge.

"A unique set of circumstances could take place here that makes it a little harder to respond to than in an urban area, just because of the amount of coverage you have to provide," said Hughes. "It's such a large county with limited resources. So we're looking at ways to make him more proactive."

Hughes has already toured about 20 schools statewide. He plans to put together a report with suggestions and hand it over to Governor Pat McCrory sometime in April.