An Alpharetta police officer came up with a plan to put a police presence at Alpharetta Elementary School, and at noon today the ribbon was cut to officially open it.
"It's a great partnership between the city and Board of Education of Fulton County," said Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle.
Four high schools serve Alpharetta, "But if we don't have people safe it doesn't matter," he said.
"So this is an opportunity to start at the earliest and youngest level, creating that relationship that we hope to build through the middle school and ultimately through the high school at every age level," Belle Isle said.
"It was Officer Phil Richey's idea," said George. "He came up with it but I support this so much because every year in this community, all over our nation, is our tomorrow. There will be our council members, our mayor, our senators, our congressmen, police officers, firefighters and citizens."
He said the students are the community's tomorrow, and they need to "start at a young age and really partner with them and let them know that we're friends and help them to be the best citizens they can possibly be."