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Federal funds committed for Troy school safety

TROY -- The feds have come up with a plan they think will make Troy schools safer, and they are backing it up with a 6-figure grant.

The U.S. Attorneys office announced a #375,000 grant to hire three school resource officers. They will be sworn law enforcement officers who are responsible for providing security and preventing crime in the schools. Like regular police officers, they can make arrests, answer calls for help, and document incidents.

Troy Superintendent John Carmello says the new resource officers mere presence in the school can be an effective crime-fighting tool. Its not about taking care of the incidents when they happen, says Carmello. Its about preventing them from happening in the first place. Thats what they do, with the relationships they develop in school.

Along with the new officers, the announcement included plans to fund a Troy peer court.