TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - If the city of Tifton's 2019 Preliminary Fiscal Budget is approved, Tift County schools could see more school resource officers.
The Tift County School Board is partnering with both the city and the sheriff's office on ways to increase school safety.
With the preliminary 2019 fiscal budget, eight school resource officers could be hired to work full-time at the elementary schools in the district.
The middle and high schools already have resource officers.
Tift County School Director of Communications Stacey Beckham said this is a good opportunity not only for safety but for the well-being of students.
"A really cool thing that has also come along with that is a lot of our students get to be friends with these officers. They learn that officers aren't the folks that just show up when bad things are happening. They are there as precautionary, and they are good people. So that has been great. And they serve as great role models for our students," said Beckham.
Beckham also said that they are in the business of taking care of kids, and they want to keep students in a safe environment.