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More resource officers headed to Warren City Schools

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WARREN, Ohio -

Warren is in the process of putting more officers in their schools.

When the bell rings next fall, Warren school officials plan to have six resource officers. That's one more than they have this year and two more than they had last year. 

It's a move the superintendent said will put at least one officer in each building. 

"Breaking it down to smaller numbers will only foster the relationship with our kids, with our officers. So our kids have a stronger relationship and a stronger understanding of the purpose of school resource officers, connection with the police department, knowing they're go-to, someone they can reach out to if they have a problem," said Superintendent Steve Chiaro. "The main function of our officers is to provide a sense of security and to create an environment where our kids feel safe, our parents feel safe sending them to school."

Council approved legislation Wednesday night to keep five resource officers in the district. Safety Service Director Enzo Cantalamesa said the plan is to have six in the district next fall. As part of the deal, Cantalamesa said the school district will pay $57,000 per officer.

Cantalamesa sees the deal as more of a help than a hindrance to the city and said it will not reduce the number of officers on the street.

"In periods where there is no school, those officers return back on the road. They also return back on the road during the course of any normal day when they're working in the schools as well. When the school days end, those officers are on the road," said Cantalamesa.

And with more officers being hired, city officials said they will continue to add to their manpower.

"There is no net loss of officers on the road. In point of fact, we're actually increasing the number of police officers on the street," said Cantalamesa.

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