Deputies step up school presence in new Butler Co. program

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Deputies logged more than 340 school visits in the month April, as part of a program designed to deter criminal activity at schools in Butler County.

'Operation Safe Schools' was launched in March 2013. As part of the program, Sheriff's Patrol Deputies were told to stop at least once every school day at every public school within their area of patrol.

The school visits were meant to portray a police presence around the schools as much as possible in hopes of preventing any kind of criminal activity from happening.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says officers logged more than 340 school visits over 22 school days in April.

"We'll never know for sure if our presence has actually stopped a bad situation from happening," said Sheriff Jones.  "But, we have had a lot of positive feedback from both school personnel and parents alike indicating wide acceptance of this program.  We'll continue it at least until the end of this school year.  It isn't as good as having a full-time Deputy stationed in every school every day, but at least it's a step in the right direction.  We are at least having some kind of daily presence in those schools within our jurisdiction."

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