Shelby County Schools Works To Prevent Crimes On Campus

Memphis, TN (LocalMemphis.com) - On day 3 of school for Shelby County Schools officials say there have been no crime incidents to report.

District officials say they have seen a decrease in campus crime over the last year from around 15 incidents weekly down to 5.

They say taking an aggressive approach in prevention and a partnership with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office has made the difference in the numbers of crimes reported on campuses across the district.

The SCS School Safety Department says assaults or fights top the list of crimes.

They say they have a strategy to stop those before they start.

"We provide people in the school on a daily basis trying to get the children to understand there are other alternative ways we try to get them to get pro-social experiences as opposed to negative experiences to keep them involved and on the right path," said Ronald Pope, SCS Manager of Student Safety.

Shelby County Schools just received two multi-million dollar grants to pay for additional sheriff's deputies in and around schools.

"We're getting ready to hire behavioral specialists," said Pope. "We're getting ready to hire gang outreach specialists.

The district's safety department was, also, just awarded the National School Safety Award for the third year by the National School Safety Advocacy Council.


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