By Gary Lloyd
Trussville City Schools has announced additional security measures to ensure the student safety, including seven school resource officers now at the four city schools.
Paine Primary and Paine Intermediate schools both have a full-time school resource officer, Hewitt-Trussville Middle School and Hewitt-Trussville High School each have two full-time school resource officers and Sgt. Todd Posey is stationed at the Alternative Learning Center to coordinate the staff of school resource officer personnel.
Trussville Police Department Lt. Jeff Bridges and Trussville City Schools Superintendent Pattie Neill introduced the SROs at the TCS Institute. Neill described the SROs as a “breathtaking group” and thanked them for making staff and students feel safe and protected.
In addition to the school resource officers on site, security improvements are in progress at each of the schools. A new software program was recently installed to control access to all school buildings. The software enables card swipes and access-controlled entrances at the Paine campus and Hewitt-Trussville Middle School. The access control has been in place at the Alternative Learning Center for two years. The system is waiting for delivery of equipment to finalize installation of this program at Hewitt-Trussville High School, where the SROs monitor those who enter and exit the school.
Building improvements involving security updates were completed during the summer. Several areas were re-keyed to a secure key system. Areas of concern were retrofitted with security doors and enforced materials.
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