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Miller asks county to fund more SROs
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MILLER - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
Fourth District school board member Billy Miller addressed the county commission Thursday night to request that more school resource officers be placed in county schools.Miller, who is also a TBI agent, told commissioners that he came before them not as a school board member or an officer of the law, but as a concerned parent.“I am an elected school board member, but I have two boys that mean the world to me, and that's why I'm here,” Miller said. “I think it is my duty as a parent and as a citizen of this community to make sure that I do the best that I can by my kids, and I know that's what every one of you want.”While DeKalb County currently has one SRO at the high school, Miller told the commission that he feels that an officer also needs to be funded at the other four schools.Miller said that while random daily visits to local schools by the Smithville Police Department are good, they can’t match the security of having an SRO on duty at the facilities full time.“I think it's a good thing that the city has been out there, and they've had officers out there. I think that's a great idea,” Miller noted.