When it comes to your child's safety, one police agency says your child has nothing to worry about. Nicole Green is a parent and knows when she sends her nine-year-old son off to school, anything can happen. Green says, "you never know what someone is feeling in one day and they come to school they might get a hold of something from somebody else. an older friend, an older sibling." JC Phillips with the Dougherty County School System Police Department is assuring parents your child is in good hands. "When people know that when an officer is there and is actively watching and knows what's going on, that keeps down a lot of negative activity," said Phillips. He says his officers are stationed in particular areas around the system. Phillips says, "every high school is going to have at least two officers and every middle school is going to have at least one." Phillips adds that when it comes to protecting your kids, the officers aren't only relying on their experience, but also from other students. "Our officers, they're familiar with the kids, they've been in the schools for quite some years and the kids have great repoire with the officers because when things go wrong the kids are prone to come to the officers and let them know hey this is about to happen." A reason why green says she's able to have peace of mind when she can't be around. "I have a lot of confidence in my educators that he's amongst and i think they'll do the right thing in keeping him safe," said Green.
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