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Councilors approve school resource officers at Norwich middle schools

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NORWICH, CT (WFSB) -

The Norwich City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will put resource officers at two middle schools.

On Tuesday night, the City Council held a public hearing and then decided to employ officers at the two middle schools in Norwich, Kelly Middle School and the Teacher's Memorial Middle School.

It's a one-year allocation that supporters said is about keeping schools safe.

"I think it will be good to have them to make kids feel safe," said one Norwich resident.

However, some residents did not agree with the council's decision.

"I don't think armed officers will keep people from shooting up schools," said one speaker at the hearing.

Norwich police Chief Louis J. Fusaro Sr. said the officers "are a huge deterrent for anyone looking to come in our schools and harm our kids."

Fusaro said the officers are key in preventing tragedies and they develop relationships with the students.

"These kids feel calm and they know them," Fusaro said.

The move will cost about $150,000 and the money will come from the board of education surplus budget.

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