Holley Navarre Middle gets first middle school SRO

NAVARRE, Fla. (WKRG) - The first school resource officer in Santa Rosa County to work at a middle school started Monday.

Deputy Liem Chau says his first priority is student's safety and building important relationships with them.

"We'll be around doing safety checks," Chau said. "Walking around, checking on the school, making sure that the students and teachers are ok."

Sheriff Bob Johnson says this comes after his vow to make schools safer. He says SROs had to be cut from middle schools over ten years ago due to the budget.

"Knowing that there's an armed school resource officer, that's a deterrent for someone thinking about doing something bad on campus," Johnson said.

Joe Canet has a son who's in eighth grade.

"It's a long time coming," Canet said. "I think there should be school resource officers in every school, from elementary school on up. It's time for a change."

The sheriff says he will be phasing more SROs into other middle schools in the near future. 

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