EDMOND, Okla. – Thursday afternoon at Deer Creek Elementary, students met the Oklahoma County deputies who will now patrol their school on a regular basis.
All schools in the Deer Creek district will get an increase in deputy presence.
“This morning we saw the faces of innocence in these school and we’re going to continue to see the faces of innocence in these schools,” Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said.
Administrators didn’t want kids to to be too scared about the new permanent guests so they invited mascot Deputy Briscoe to the meet and greet.
“I think you can see the response this morning, just absolutely fantastic,” Whetsel said. “And we are going to leave this school and go to the other schools in Deer Creek but these students are going to see deputy sheriff’s all the time.”
All of this effort is to keep kids safe in light of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting.
At Deer Creek, school leaders are trying to stay upbeat.
“On the school side, we are just talking to them about how they are safe and making sure they are able to articulate our procedures here,” Principal Bettina Kates said.
The sheriff won’t say how many officers will now be assigned duties at the schools, just that this a permanent change.
The school district is also doing an extensive review of security and emergency procedures.