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Staff photo by Tommy Millsaps
Sweetwater Police Chief Eddie Byrum shows dozens of officers the nuances of Sweetwater High
School Thursday as local and state police agencies toured all the schools in the county. Sheriff
Bill Bivens, Vonore Police Chief Randy Kirkland, Tellico Interim Police Chief Jeb Brown and
Madisonville Police Chief Gregg Breeden all attended with many of their officers.
Published: 9:09 AM, 01/07/2013

Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate

If you drove past a local school Thursday morning, you may have seen dozens of police officers touring the building.

It was all part of a cooperative effort between the county and city school systems and local and state police to familiarize officers with the layout of each school in Monroe County should they ever have to respond to an emergency.

Most every police officer is familiar with the schools in their territory, but because the law enforcement agencies would be called on to first respond and backup fellow agencies in case of a major school emergency, most officers believe it's good to be knowledgeable of all the schools' layout.

"I think this is a positive step," Sheriff Bill Bivens said.

The tour started out at Sequoyah High and plans were to reach all schools by the end of the day.

See full story in the Sunday, Jan. 6, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.

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