FAYETTEVILLE, AR--For years, two armed resource officers have been maintaining safety in Fayetteville High School. Now the city has approved funding to hire three additional officers. Alan Wilbourn, PIO of Fayetteville Public Schools, said they rarely run into emergency situations, but just in case something does happen it's important to have officers on site.
"It's one of those... it's like insurance. you hope you never ever have to use it but you need it when you need it. If students and staff don't feel safe at school learning won't take place".
By August 2014, Alan said there will be five resource officers patrolling the Fayetteville High School and Junior High Schools.
"With this new situation that the city was able to work out, we will have five full time resource officers beginning in august of next year."
"In the event of a dire emergency, you have a trained, armed, police officer there as a first responder."
Wilbourn also said the officers build close relationships with the students, and in turn the students can feel comfortable around them in case of an emergency.
Resource officer, John Foster, added "A lot of them treat us as though we're one of their friends. They come up and talk to us about anything that they want to talk about. When I come into the room and students are upset, usually we can talk them down pretty easily."