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Deputy now at each St. Lucie elementary school

St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara and public schools Superintendent E. Wayne Gent held a news conference Tuesday morning regarding student safety.

They spoke at Floresta Elementary at 8:15 a.m. on new measures to keep St. Lucie County students safe. 

Mascara said starting Monday they embedded one school resource deputy at each elementary school across the county.  

"I think we can all agree immediate solutions are not coming from Washington or Tallahassee, but this was an immediate solution that we need to address, and we did," said Mascara.        

This comes after school and law enforcement leaders in the county met to review safety procedures late last month.

Gent said he was very appreciative of the new deputies for the support in improved school safety.

Mascara said previously they did not have deputies at elementary schools because of a lack of funding, but felt it was an immediate and necessary need.

The sheriff said 38 deputies are now patrolling schools in the county.

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