School Resource Deputies Now in all St. Lucie Public Schools
Sheriff Ken Mascara and St. Lucie Public Schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent announced this morning that deputies will now be placed at all St. Lucie County public elementary schools.
“While we wait for our legislators in Tallahassee and Washington, DC to make changes, we are acting here in St. Lucie County,” said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara. “As of yesterday, we have placed a School Resource Deputy at all public elementary schools in St. Lucie County.”
According to the Sheriff, prior to Monday’s change, the agency had 27 School Resource Deputies assigned to public K-8, middle and high schools. Now, 38 deputies make up this unit and include elementary schools.
“Over the last week, we have reorganized our entire agency to reallocate resources and personnel and make this immediate change to improve the safety and security of our schools,” Mascara said. “Their number one priority is keeping our children safe.”
According to the Sheriff, this change is in place for the remainder of the current school year.
“We are hopeful that the work being done in Tallahassee right now will allow us to make this a permanent solution and encourage our legislators to provide the funding needed to do so,” Mascara said.