TRENTON, Ohio -- Armed deputies get noticed immediately when they drop in unannounced at schools in Butler County. And that's just the reaction they want as they try out new tactics to increase school security in southwest Ohio.
Sheriff Richard Jones says he doesn't have enough officers to station one at every school, but knowing that a deputy could drop in at any moment could deter a potential shooter.
The tactic is one of many being tried around the state after the Connecticut school shooting and as schools and police contend with tight budgets.
Ohio schools are taking steps to restrict access to buildings, increase monitoring, and beef up training on how to respond to violence.
While there's been much discussion about arming school staff, teacher groups say they want to stress prevention.
By DAN SEWELL
The Associated Press