Patrolling the hallways of Foley Middle School is nothing new to Foley police officer Labron Williams. "They feel when they come into the classroom they don't have to worry about someone coming in to cause harm to them."
This year he'll have company. Three more officers assigned to Foley campuses according to police chief David Wilson. "The first priority of this program is to establish safety and security for all school children and school staff."
Foley has always had a school resource officer. The only problem they would have to rotate between the high school the elementary school, the middle school and the intermediate school. Now they will have one officer for each of the schools.
Foley leads the county in officers dedicated to school campuses. The breakdown for other schools:
Orange Beach has 1 officer at one school; Bay Minette - 1 officer assigned to three schools; Daphne - 2 officers at five schools; Gulf Shores - 2 officers at three schools; and Fairhope - 1 officer rotating between 4 schools.
Cities with no full time school resource officer include: Summerdale, Silverhill, Elberta, Robertsdale, Loxley and Spanish Fort.
"A number of our cities have school resource officers available, they are not making the effort to put one in each school as Foley has done," says superintendent Alan Lee. "But as things evolve and more groups figure out how to do what Foley has done I think we may see that move in the future."
Officer Williams says Foley schools are safer and more secure than ever before. "Just having that officer in that school makes a big deterrent for anybody that comes into our campus and just feels like they can come into a Foley school and do whatever they like. That's not going to happen."
While he wouldn't discuss details, superintendent Lee says Baldwin schools will be safer and more secure than ever before in the new school year. He says all schools have increased security measures.