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Police open satellite office in Alpharetta Elementary
by Rachel Kellogg
December 04, 2013 02:45 PM | 1427 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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From left, school board member Katie Reeves, officer Phil Richey, Mayor David Belle Isle, Public Safety Director Gary George and kindergarten students attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Alpharetta Police satellite station at Alpharetta Elementary.
Staff / Rachel Kellogg
From left, school board member Katie Reeves, officer Phil Richey, Mayor David Belle Isle, Public Safety Director Gary George and kindergarten students attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Alpharetta Police satellite station at Alpharetta Elementary.
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Earlier this year, Alpharetta’s Youth Officer Phil Richey approached Alpharetta Elementary with an idea to bring students and police officers together.

On Monday, the school officially became home to the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety’s new substation.

According to Principal Adam Maroney, the ultimate goal for the partnership is to enhance student safety and provide a location in the field for police officers.

“We are very excited to not only keep our school safe, but also to establish relationships within the community,” he said.

Housed in an unused room in the building, the substation is a place officers can use to complete paper work, restock their cruisers or just take a break.

Officers will be encouraged to use the space as well as interact with the students, play with them at recess, join them for lunch or roam the halls.

At Monday’s ribbon cutting, Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle said the Fulton County School System is one of the best systems in the Southeast.

“As important as it is to make sure our school system is quality, it’s just as important to make sure our schools are safe,” he said.

Public Safety Director Gary George told students at the ribbon cutting that the police officers and the firefighters in the city are here to help them and to be their friends.

The partnership required school board approval, which was given in the spring.

The substation will not be used by the community, and suspects or witnesses will not be brought to the school.
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