OKC teaming up with police to keep elementary school kids safe in class

OKLAHOMA CITY – The state’s largest district is laying out new plans to keep your kids safe at school today.

Violence in schools is a sad reality these days.

However, city leaders hope that violence is eliminated in Oklahoma City.

Now, the Oklahoma City Public Schools District and the City of Oklahoma City are coming together to protect our students.

It’s a partnership that is already in place with middle and high schools.

The program will put eight Oklahoma City police officers on patrol at elementary schools throughout the city.

Organizer say four will start in August and the other four will come on the job in January.

They will rotate through the 55 schools and a canine unit will also be available when needed.

The cost is around $600,000-a-year with the school district and city splitting the tab.

City Manager Jim Couch said it’s about safety, security and positive role models.

Couch said, “I’d rather have the students in Oklahoma Public Schools experience a great relationship with an officer at a younger age then have the opportunity to come back and have a different type of relationship with an officer at a later age.”

Rod McKinley, OKC Public School’s chief of human resources, said this protects our children and improves other things as well.

McKinley said, “When you have safe and secure schools, we can also go out there and recruit and retain quality teachers.”

The board of education will vote on the contract July 7.

There are still unanswered questions like how the organizations will pay for the changes.