School Resource Officers get back into school halls

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- While Wednesday was the first day of school for kids and teachers, they weren't the only one's heading back to the classroom.

School resources officers (SROs) suited up for their first day Wednesday as well. The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has placed a permanent SRO into all of the county middle and high schools. They are armed and fully-equipped law enforcement officers.

"We are a law enforcement officer first, so if something happens on the outside of the campus or god forbid the active shooter type situation, I'm going to be the front line,” said Deputy Joshua Bunch, with MCSO. “Grand Mesa is my school. This is my responsibility for the safety and security of the facility.”

Redlands Middle School, Mount Garfield and Grand Mesa Middle schools will have a permanent SRO starting this year. There will be two at Central High School this year as well.

The Grand Junction Police Department is helping to staff city middle and high schools with SROs.

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