Local in Mississippi: Keeping DeSoto County kids safe and the community prepared

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DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – DeSoto County Schools will be better protected this school year with additional School Resource Officers, or SROs.  Plus, a new county-wide alert system will help keep citizens and people traveling through DeSoto County better informed during emergency situations. 

“They need to come to school to learn. They don’t need to come to school to be scared they’re going to be shot,” said DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco. 

DeSoto County, Mississippi, officials are passionate about safety especially when it comes to kids. School starts August 7th in DeSoto County. 

The Board of Supervisors just approved funding for four additional School Resource Officers for the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office. That means all 14 DeSoto County Schools located in the unincorporated areas of the county will each have an SRO. 

Including salary, equipment, and training, it costs about $80,000 a year to hire and keep one school resource officer. Funding for SROs comes from the board of supervisors, grant money first requested by Caldwell, and the school board.             

We are all about our children and the safety of them. They are number one in our hearts in this county,” said Lee Caldwell, President of the DeSoto County Board of Supervisors. 

At this week’s board of supervisors meeting, IPAWS was also talked about. IPAWS, short for, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, will notify people of emergency situations such as severe weather, train derailments, chemical spills. and other things. If your phone pings off a nearby tower, you’ll automatically get an alert. No need to sign up or download an app.                                         

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