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October 26, 2005

Albany -- The Dougherty County School Police force will begin patrolling schools Monday.

 Currently, deputies with the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office are assigned to schools during the day. The School Board has been footing the bill for those officers, but Friday is expected to be their last day.

Four more officers were approved for hired today by the board, and four additional officers are needed. "Basically, what they'll be doing is maintaining security in the schools, they ll be monitoring the campus, monitoring the students and just providing basic security in our schools," said Carlos Keith, Deputy Superintendent.

 The school board is also planning to hire an investigative officer. Once all officers are on board and have gone through orientation, every high school in the system will have two full time officers, and elementary schools will have one.

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