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Florida Sheriff's Association asking for more state funding

Posted at 4:52 PM, Mar 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 13:11:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Sheriff's Association sent a letter to lawmakers, calling for more state funding.

The funding is to ensure schools have a certified law enforcement officer on site.

We spoke with Leon County Sheriff, Walt Mcneil, who says, all Leon County Schools currently have an assigned officer.

He says, it's important to dedicate law enforcement officers for all school grounds.

"The fact of the matter is that you need trained persons who are specifically gauged with taking care of issues of security," Mcneil said. "And protecting folks as opposed to someone whose job really is to educate and to teach and not so much involved in law enforcement."

This request is in response to legislation filed after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last month.