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Casper schools plan to add armed police officers

July 28, 2018

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say they plan to have police officers in six Casper schools by the end of the next academic year, and 10 full-time officers dedicated to schools within three years.

Mayor Ray Pacheco says the increased police presence would protect students and improve the relationship between law enforcement and children.

Armed officers would be added to the middle and high schools with the most students first. The school district would reimburse the city 70 percent of the $2.6 million price tag, and it has already allocated $2 million.

There are now two school resource officers in Casper schools.

The Casper City Council tentatively approved the plan on Tuesday and will hold a final vote on Aug. 7.

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