Sheriff's office donates radios to schools
Sheriff Burkhalter donates communication radios to schools
Posted on 08/30/2013
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Good communication is a key in emergency situations to keep children and staff safe.  Floyd County Schools works each day to improve our safety procedures and plans to protect the children in our schools.  A donation of communication radios from the Sheriff's office will help to improve communication between school staff members.  Sheriff Burkhalter and several of his deputies delivered 95 radios to the central office of Floyd County Schools this week to be divided among the schools in the system.  "This is part of what we are sworn to do," Sheriff Burhalter said.  "The people of this community entrusted me with a certain responsibility and we will do everything in our power to uphold that trust and keep our children safe>"  

The radios were no longer needed by the Sheriff's Office because of the implementation of the new county-wide radio system put in place to cover all area emergency responders.  In accepting the radio donation, Dr. Jeff McDaniel said, "These radios will certainly be useful in our schools to ensure the safety of our children."  He added, "The radios will help our school staff members to communicate during routine daily activities such as loading buses and supervising playgrounds and school sporting activities, as well as, providing vital communication should an emergency arise."

According to Chief Deputy Tom Caldwell, the radios, including battery, charger and microphone, cost $400 each new. There was a small reprogramming cost to make the radios work for the schools but that expense was also picked up by the Sheriff's Office.  "We had to donate these radios to the schools because the protection of children is a top priority for this agency," Sheriff Burkhalter said. "There was never really anything else that was seriously considered."  

The donation of the radios is just a continuation of the community partnership between local law enforcement and Floyd County Schools.  Sheriff Burkhalter implemented an Adopt-a-School program after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary where deputies visit schools during their daily shifts for random security checks and provide an additional law enforcement presence in our schools. The Floyd County Police Department provide officers to serve as School Resource Officers working in our schools each day.  The system is also assisted by Local Emergency Management personnel and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.  

The parent and community group selecting projects for a new Education SPLOST to be voted on in November put security at a high priority with improved school entrance security included in the proposal to the citizens of Rome and Floyd County. "Safety is a community effort and we work as a team in Floyd County to make our schools a safe place to learn," added Superintendent McDaniel.