About 80 new school resource officers to help protect kids this year in Pinellas Co.

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About 80 new school resource officers are also starting their first day of school today in Pinellas County.

After the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in February, the state made it mandatory that an officer be placed in every school in Florida.

In Pinellas County, the debate over funding for school resource officers went on for quite a while.

Parents were irate over the issue, saying no price tag should be put on safety.

City leaders from Largo to St. Petersburg put their foot down and said it’s not their responsibility to pay for the officers.

At one point, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman explained how the city wouldn’t fund salaries for officers and pushed the responsibility onto the school district.

In the end, the district hired about 80 new officers.

They’ve had to undergo dozens of hours of training before stepping foot into schools.

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