In response to the tragic school shooting in Sandy Hook Elementary School, Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick is adding armed deputies in several schools in unincorporated areas.
The new 'School Services Unit' will include five new deputies for the schools in addition to three school resource officers who already on duty. The plan calls for deputies to work at between two and nine schools. There are 106 schools unincorporated Snohomish County.
Lovick says the deputies will not just act as security, but also help principals revise emergency plans and help mentor young at-risk kids.
At Woodside Elementary School in the Everett School District, Principal Betty Cobbs says she is excited about having someone to consult with on a regular basis.
Staff and students will become familiar with him on site, she said. I think there will be a number of things that he will do.
Deputies in the newly formed SSU will be pulled from other duties and will not be replaced.
The entire cost of the SSU will be covered by the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff Lovick has made a request to the county council and state legislature for additional funding.