STEUBEN COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Steuben County Sheriff's office has announced the return of School Resource Officers to area school districts.
Six districts in the county have picked up retired officers for $25,000 a year.
The program was cut after the 2010-2011 academic year because of a lack of state funding. But leaders say this is an affordable way to bring back the extra safety that had been lost.
"Especially now that we're going to have an experienced retired State Trooper coming in who knows our community already and is going to fit in perfectly with our students and is going to provide a new level or returned level of safety that we haven't had for a few years," said Prattsburgh Central School District Superintendent Jeffrey Black.
"It's a crazy world right now. You just never know when somebody is going to show up at the school and do something dumb," said retired New York State Policeman Robby Anger.
The new SROs will start walking the halls this coming academic year. School leaders say they'll now be able to have a quicker response in the case of any emergency.