Schoolhouse Beat

Atlanta school district wants to create its own police department

In the wake of recent school shootings, the Atlanta district wants to put more police on its campuses by creating a school-run force. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution says the city school system now hires off-duty officers from the Atlanta Police Department to serve as resource officers. But those officers work part-time and leave when off-campus crimes take priority. Atlanta schools have 55 officers in schools each day, spread among 103 learning sites, a spokesman says.

Related: Atlanta high school student wounded in accidental shooting.
Also: Student shot at Atlanta middle school.

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