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S.R. Sheriff's Office applying for federal grant money to hire more resource officers

SANTA ROSA COUNTY   --  More school Resource Officers may be coming to Santa Rosa County.

The sheriff's office is applying for federal grant money to hire up to nine new deputies to work at schools.
   
Most people we spoke with in Santa Rosa County say they already feel pretty safe here.
   
But they would happily welcome more deputies.
Lola Brown, Navarre: "You can never have too many cops!"

Lola Brown's six year-old son attends Holley Navarre Primary School.
Brown says in the wake of the December massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, she'd like to see a stronger law enforcement presence at her son's school.

Lola Brown, Navarre: "It'd make me feel safer, having a resource officer there in case fights broke out or there's any problem at the school."
   
The sheriff's office is applying for grant money given out by the U-S Justice Department through its office of community oriented policing services.
Amanda White, Mother/Former Teacher: "Honestly, what happened in Connecticut was a fluke and I always felt very safe."

Amanda White used to teach fourth grade in Pace.
She's taking time off from her career to raise her daughter.

Amanda White, Mother/Former Teacher: "It goes a lot to have a great administration to help understand

Local law enforcement agencies throughout the country are applying for the federal grant money.

The Justice Department says all awards will be subject to the availability of funds.