ALBERTVILLE, Ala (WAAY)-Albertville city schools are taking steps to provide more security for students. They're adding more school resource officers to keep students safe.
Beginning next school year, the number of officers will increase from two to five. The police department will hire three new officers putting one at every campus.
Many in Albertville are glad to hear the news including Bobby Mayfield. "I think it's a great thing they should have done a long time ago" Mayfield said. Resident Denise Juan agrees. "I think its a good idea because we don't nothing to happen here like in Sandy Hook. We want our kids safe".
All visitors at Albertville Primary must now be buzzed in and have picture identification to get inside. And, all the front doors are locked.
Vanessa Fowler is the principal. She says she and her staff feel much better knowing more officers will be on the job next year. "I think its wonderful that we have one in every school. It makes parents feel better and makes the teachers feel better and the ladies in the office. If we need them they will be right here on our campus" Fowler said.
There are more then eight hundred students at Albertville Primary school.