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RPSO Keeping Rapides Schools Safe

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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) School is underway in Rapides Parish, and school safety has been a top priority for the Rapides Parish Sheriff's office for more than a decade.

With the new school year underway, the issue of security on-campus is a top concern for public safety leaders in Rapides Parish.

"It is important not just in Rapides Parish but across the nation that we will have officers in our schools because children are our most valuable resources," said Captain Travis Davidson.

The School Resource Officer Program plays a vital role in helping keep everyone safe.

"I am very confident in our system. I think the SRO program that was started some 10, 12 years ago you know was just probably one of the best things that have ever been added to our schools," said Dr. Karl Carpenter.

Students and staff can help the effort by keeping watch for suspicious activity.

"I have several kids that come to me and there is something that is fixing to go on and they come to me and we nipped it in the bud before it even started," said Chris Causey.

It's all part of a program designed to help bring each school day to a safe and successful close.

"It is a new day and something could happen. My day at the end is and my goal is for everyone to go home safe. Teachers, faculty, myself as well," said Chris Causey.

"Allow everyone to come to a violent free workplace and a violent free learning place so at the end of the day everybody goes home safe and reassure the parents that send their kids there that they are okay," said Captain Travis Davidson.

The School Resource Officer Program was installed by Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton in 2003.

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