We like what Sheriff Ray Stone has implemented at the school districts in which his department has jurisdiction.
The man in charge of the Columbiana County Sheriff's Department has deputies stop by random school buildings, including those in the Beaver Local and Southern Local districts, during the school day as an added security measure.
The deputies who are out on patrol, and have the time within their shift, stop by the schools and walk through the hallways while also checking for any unlocked doors.
The sheriff credits Lt. Alan Young with the idea and said the security check has been ongoing since the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 26 people were killed, including 20 children.
We can not applaud this effort by Stone and his department enough. While school safety questions remain on the minds of all parents, this is one idea that allows a small piece of assurance.
Our area law enforcement departments, we realize, can not afford, financially, to be within the school halls of every school building, each day, but we known the commitment is there from ALL our departments in tending to school issues at a moment's notice.
It's also evident the obligation law enforcement shows toward our youth, whether it be in attending a safety day or a career day at the schools, conducting a K-9 presentation or in participating in a drunk-driving demonstration.
Again, we thank these men and women who bravely serve and protect.