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Haines City Police increasing presence in all of their schools

Posted at 4:39 AM, Mar 06, 2018

HAINES CITY, Fla. — There will be an increased police presence in all eight Haines City schools with the assistance of Florida Highway Patrol State Troopers, according to the Haines City Department.

This follows the actions of several other Florida counties and cities that are putting more law enforcement officers in schools.

RELATED: Florida Senate passes Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act

Sarasota County School leaders will discuss options for increasing overall school safety, putting more school resource officers in schools as well as more law enforcement officers on Tuesday in an executive session board meeting.

On Monday, Manatee County Schools put two armed school resource officers in every high school and one school resource officer in every middle school.

Hernando County Schools added 10 officers to its budget last week.

This comes as the Florida Senate is moving forward with a bill that would potentially arm teachers and enact as series of safety measures designed to prevent another tragedy like the one in Parkland.

The measure would raise the minimum age to buy a gun to 21 and impose a three-day waiting period for all gun purchases.

It would also designate about $100M for student mental health programs and more money for school building upgrades.

However, it's still on hold. The Florida House has yet to vote on their version of the bill.