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Greenville Police implementing plan to keep kids safe

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Safety in schools. It's a concern for many parents.

Now, Greenville Police officers are implementing a plan to make sure your kids are safe.

"Usually I'll just walk the halls and I'll glance through the classrooms. Make sure there's no disturbance in the classrooms," said Officer Felix Harris, Greenville Police Department.

He's a constant fixture at Oakwood School in Greenville. A familiar face, a shoulder to lean on, a silent protector.

And if the kids and parents feel safe, Harris says he's doing his job.

In the midst of tragedy - came a nationwide wake up call.

"Before the Sandy Hook incident, I think we all were somewhat naive that our schools were safe and secure," said Robert Peterson, head of school.

"I was actually scared. It was a fear for me knowing that all those kids suffered and not having a police officer at the school and everything," said Sage Monroe, 12th grade.

After Sandy Hook, the Greenville Police Department C-platoon took action.  In their down time, officers volunteer to patrol the schools, making sure doors are locked, getting to know the students, even spending time with them on lunch breaks.

"We just thought it'd be a good idea just to show our presence and you never know. Our car parked outside of the school might be a deterrence of some crime that was about to take place," one said.

For Officer Harris, he says it's not only his duty as an officer, but as a fellow parent.

"My oldest is three years old and I know that in two years my child is going to start school. Like any mother or father, they want the best for their child," said Harris.

Officers say they're already receiving a lot of positive feedback.

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