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Highway Patrol increasing presence at Pitt County schools

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AYDEN, N.C. -

State troopers launch an initiative to keep your children safe at school. They're beefing up their presence at Pitt County schools.

The program has them stepping up patrols outside schools but they'll also have more troopers inside the buildings.

"We want the troopers to stop by, not necessarily at certain times, some of them are lunch time visits. We're going to do the traffic safety programs as in the past but we want to help with providing a safe-learning environment for the students and the staff. In doing so, we get the troopers to stop by for those visits," said Trooper Doug Coley, NC Highway Patrol.

"A lot of times we tend to be reactionary but this is a way to be proactive and try to prevent things from happening. You never can be too safe," said Marty Baker, Ayden-Grifton High School principal.

"You're building a relationship with the kids and the kids are seeing you in a different light...not just seeing the blue lights. They're seeing you in a good light. They're seeing you walking around their schools keeping them safe and not just seeing you as someone that's behind them when they're leaving the school. You're building that relationship and trust between them and making them want to make the right decisions and good decisions," said Lt. Kip Gaskins, Pitt County Sheriff's Office.

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