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Washoe County School Police Seek More Officers

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Washoe County School District could be adding full-time police officers to its middle schools - if one option on the table gets board approval.

It's important to note that this is just a recommendation - still in the early stages. But if it goes through, it would fund eight more police officers to patrol the middle schools something many people have been pushing for.

"Safety is our number one concern in Washoe County's schools, so they are taking that approach, and this is a step in that direction," says Chief Mike Mieras, WCSD Police Department.

The recommendation includes $800,000 to would fund additional officers and their vehicles for Washoe County's 14 middle schools.

It's one of several items on a wish-list for school safety improvements that have been discussed at district budget workshops.

Chief Mieras tells us since last October's shooting at Sparks Middle School, they have had an officer posted there - and have gotten very positive feedback from it.

And in the wake of school shootings across the country - a uniformed officer like the district already has in all of our high schools - could bring a lot of peace of mind. "If you look across the nation, there hasn't been a mass shooting or attempted mass shooting at any of the schools where an officer presence was on the campus."

This option hasn't officially been put on an agenda yet-- the school district is putting together a safety committee to look at all the options on the table first. But we'll be sure to let you know what happens as it moves forward.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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