Volunteers help keep N. Ky. schools safe

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. (AP) - A unique program in northern Kentucky has police-trained volunteers helping to patrol hallways to keep students safe.

Alexandria Police Chief Mike Ward told The Kentucky Enquirer that Volunteers In Police Service in Schools is the only initiative of its kind in the state and he plans to present it during the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in October.

The program was put into place last spring in response to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Eight volunteers went through seven weeks of training and patrol three schools.

Ward said volunteers have to make it through rigorous testing and submit to a drug screening, a criminal background check and a polygraph test in order to be approved.

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